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May 2022Vol. 23, No. 4May Is National Foster Care Month

This year's National Foster Care Month (NFCM) theme, "Relative and Kin Connections: Keeping Families Strong," highlights the importance of prioritizing and strengthening relative and kin connections and emphasizing the positive impact these relationships have on maintaining family and cultural ties for children and youth in foster care.

As in past years, the NFCM website 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 NFCM 2022 website features a new modern look and feel in addition to the following additions:
  • message from Associate Commissioner Aysha E. Schomburg
  • New stories added to the Reflections: Stories of Foster Care page that feature inspirational firsthand accounts from individuals with lived experience describing the important role kinship caregivers play in the lives of children and youth in foster care   
  • New outreach tools, such as graphics and GIFs, in the Graphics page
  • New resources that highlight family finding and other recruitment strategies, best practices for family engagement, information about licensing for relative caregivers, and more.
Visit this year's website to find a host of enhanced web features and resources for the field as well as outreach tools for individuals and organizations to use to spread awareness at state and local levels and to amplify a unified campaign message across new audiences.