National Foster Care Month
Honor, unite, and celebrate families!
May is National Foster Care Month, and this year’s theme is “Foster Care as a Support to Families, not a Substitute for Parents.” In 2018, there were roughly 435,052 children in care, with children of color, particularly Black children, overrepresented in the foster care system.
Many youth in the foster care system experience trauma resulting from a lack of stability or from abuse and neglect. This trauma can have lifelong impacts on healthy adolescent development and function as an adult.
Discover how you can help make a difference this May in the lives of youth in foster care!
Get Involved This Month
- Explore the resource guide “Addressing the Needs of Youth in Foster Care: A Primer for Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Grantees” on The Exchange.
- Read and share real-life stories featuring perspectives from youth, families, and professionals with child welfare system experience.
- Find ways you can help support youth in foster care with resources from the Child Welfare Information Gateway.
- Access the tools to support your promotional, outreach, and social media activities. Check out Child Welfare’s National Foster Care Month Outreach Toolkit.