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May 2019Vol. 20, No. 4May Is National Foster Care Month

This year's National Foster Care Month (NFCM) theme, "Foster Care as a Support to Families, Not a Substitute for Parents," highlights the important job foster parents have in helping children and youth reunify with their families in safe, stable, and permanent homes. The NFCM 2019 microsite is dedicated to offering an array of resources and tools aimed at addressing the unique needs of children in foster care; improving placement stability; and strengthening relationships between birth families, children and youth in foster care, and child welfare agencies. The resources and tools featured in the microsite include the following:

  • Community engagement resources featuring information about community-based programs promoting positive outcomes for families through community involvement and support
  • Real-life stories that feature first-person perspectives from children, youth, families, and professionals with child welfare system experience and that  highlight the concept of supportive relationships as key factors in achieving family stability, individual success, and maintaining family connections
  • A page featuring resources to help professionals learn how child welfare agencies can leverage community partnerships, establish birth-foster parent and cross-system relationships, implement targeted support services as a means to strengthen overall family well-being, and more

The Children's Bureau, together with Child Welfare Information Gateway and other partner organizations, promotes NFCM each May and raises awareness about the important roles everyone can play in the lives of children and youth in care. Explore the NFCM 2019 microsite at