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May 2019Vol. 20, No. 4Spotlight on National Foster Care Month

This month's issue of CBX highlights National Foster Care Month (NFCM) and its theme "Foster Care as a Support to Families, Not a Substitute for Parents." Read a message from Jerry Milner, Associate Commissioner of the Children's Bureau, and David Kelly, that underscores the importance of helping to strengthen the capacity of families through support and mentorship while their children are in out-of-home care. The issue also includes a variety of resources and publications for professionals and families that focus on supporting families with children in foster care.

News From the Children's Bureau

We highlight NFCM 2019 and the resources available on the NFCM microsite, a research brief discussing housing opportunities and challenges for youth in extended federally funded foster care, and a list of the latest additions to the CB website.

Child Welfare Research

Read about the My Life mentoring program for youth in foster care that aims to help them identify and achieve goals that are important to them as well as develop problem-solving skills that can help them overcome potential obstacles to achieving those goals. This section also describes a brief that explores how and why youth exit foster care.

Strategies and Tools for Practice

This section of CBX offers publications, articles, reports, toolkits, and other resources that provide either evidence-based strategies or other concrete help to child welfare and related professionals.


This section of CBX provides a quick list of interesting resources, such as websites, videos, journals, funding or scholarship opportunities, or other materials that can be used in the field or with families.

Training and Conferences

Find trainings, workshops, webinars, and other opportunities for professionals and families to learn about how to improve the lives of children and youth as well as a listing of upcoming events and conferences.