• May 2015
  • Vol. 16, No. 4

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May Is National Foster Care Month

Each May, the Children's Bureau, together with Child Welfare Information Gateway and other partner organizations, promotes National Foster Care Month and raises awareness about the important roles everyone can play in the lives of children and youth in care. This year's theme, "Get to Know the Many Faces of Foster Care," particularly emphasizes the tremendous diversity found within foster care. Children and families come into contact with child welfare for many different reasons, and they may require a variety of supports and services to meet their needs. There are also many "faces" making up the diverse support teams that work to help children and families find and maintain permanence and achieve positive outcomes. These "faces" can include not only caseworkers, but also judges, guardians ad litem, attorneys, treatment providers, resource parents, and kin. In addition, "permanence" can mean different things to different children and families, and there are many paths to achieving permanence.

To mirror this theme, the 2015 initiative website features information for a variety of audiences represented in foster care. Dedicated resource pages provide information targeting youth, foster parents and caregivers, Tribes, communities, and child welfare professionals, including resources from the Children's Bureau. The website continues to highlight real-life stories of children, youth, and families touched by foster care. These stories, presented in both narrative and video formats, offer inspiring examples of how everyone can enhance the lives of children and youth in care. Help spread the word about National Foster Care Month by visiting the initiative website's Promote section, where you will find tools to support promotional, outreach, and social media activities.

Explore the 2015 National Foster Care Month website at https://www.childwelfare.gov/fostercaremonth/.

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