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May 2024Vol. 25, No. 4May Is National Foster Care Month

It’s May and National Foster Care Month (NFCM), a time dedicated to raising awareness about the important role people in all areas of child welfare play in supporting children, youth, and families. This year's NFCM theme—"Engaging Youth. Building Supports. Strengthening Opportunities."—highlights the need to create a child welfare system that authentically engages and supports young people who are preparing to leave foster care.

Every year, the Children’s Bureau, in collaboration with Child Welfare Information Gateway and other partners, develops a dedicated campaign website that includes a variety of resources, stories, and outreach tools related to the year’s theme. Here are some key highlights of the 2024 website:

  • Information about NFCM, including FAQs, the Children’s Bureau's NFCM message, and lists of Children’s Bureau partners and projects
  • New, real-life stories added to the Reflections: Stories of Foster Care series
  • NFCM resources that emphasize this year’s theme
  • The official 2024 outreach toolkit, which provides a variety of free resources that amplify this year's theme, including the following:
    • The latest key facts and statistics on youth in foster care
    • NFCM virtual backgrounds for Zoom and Microsoft Teams
    • Themed graphics and GIFs (options available in Spanish)
    • Sample social media posts, outreach messages, and proclamations

Visit the NFCM campaign website to learn more about the importance of engaging youth and helping them leave care with strengthened relationships, concrete supports, and opportunities.