• May 2013
  • Vol. 14, No. 4

Spotlight on National Foster Care Month

As of September 30, 2011, there were 400,540 children and youth in foster care, many of whom were between the ages of 12 and 17. Youth who exit foster care without permanent families or connections are at risk for myriad negative outcomes. The theme for the 2013 National Foster Care Month is "Supporting Youth in Transition." This month, CBX highlights a higher education program for transitioning youth, a tool for evaluating youth connectedness, and other information about foster care.

  • May Is National Foster Care Month
    May is National Foster Care Month, a time to recognize those who enhance the lives of children and youth in foster care. The Children's Bureau—together with its information service, Child...

  • Higher Education Aids Transition to Independence
    As of December 2011, the State of Michigan was overseeing the care of 13,893 children in out-of-home care, the seventh highest foster care population in the United States. A critical area of...

  • Evaluating Youth Connections
    While achieving legal permanence for youth in care—through reunification, adoption, or guardianship—is important, achieving lifelong emotional and relational permanence with caring...

  • Keeping Siblings in Care Connected
    EPIC 'Ohana, a Hawaiian nonprofit that works to transform child welfare practice to better protect children, strengthen families, and enhance the health of communities, recently released the video...

  • The Public's Perception of Foster Care
    While most Americans have a largely positive attitude toward the nation's foster care system, they view it as less important than other serious social issues. These attitudes and the overall...

  • Federal Foster Care Supports
    Recognizing the unique challenges faced by youth transitioning out of foster care, the Federal Government funds a number of programs to help current and former youth in care make the transition to...

  • Electronic Information Exchange for Foster Care
    Children in foster care are more likely than their peers to have significant physical health, psychological, behavioral, or academic problems, but delivering medical, psychological, dental, and...