- May 2010
- Vol. 11, No. 4
May Is National Foster Care Month!
During May, organizations across the country observe National Foster Care Month by raising awareness about the 463,000 children and youth in foster care and the caring adults who make a difference in their lives. Social workers, foster parents, mentors, volunteers, and many others play an important role in helping children and youth build lasting connections and achieve permanency. Many of these adults offer services and supports to families to promote reunification or, when that isn't possible, adoption, guardianship, or other permanent connections for children and youth.
This year, the theme of the National Foster Care Month website on Child Welfare Information Gateway is "Partnering With Families and Youth to Achieve Permanency." Geared to child welfare and related professionals, the website includes information and resources from the Children's Bureau Training and Technical Assistance Network to help policymakers, administrators, managers, and caseworkers provide better permanency services for children and families involved with the child welfare system. The website also features stories of youth who have successfully achieved permanency, highlighting the importance of youth having lifelong connections to people who are important to them.
The National Foster Care Month website from Casey Family Programs and its partners offers a wealth of information and encourages the public to get involved in the lives of youth in foster care, including:
- Statistics and data
- A "Change a Lifetime Menu," of positive things that people can do if they have a few minutes, hours, weeks, or more time to spare
- The National Foster Care Month Toolkit, with ideas, tips, and easy-to-use templates to help organizations plan a National Foster Care Month campaign
- A calendar of events
- A newsroom for the media
- Success stories from foster care alumni and people who are making a difference in the lives of youth in foster care