Frequently Asked Questions
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- What is National Foster Care Month?
- How does the Children's Bureau support National Foster Care Month?
- What resources will be available on the National Foster Care Month website?
- What are Real-Life Stories?
- How can I spread the word about National Foster Care Month?
- How can I learn about what other States are doing for National Foster Care Month?
- What is the history of the Children's Bureau and foster care?
May is National Foster Care Month—a time to acknowledge the foster parents, family members, volunteers, mentors, policymakers, child welfare professionals, and other members of the community who help children and youth in foster care find permanent homes and connections. It is also a time to focus on ways to create a bright future for the more than 400,000 children and youth in foster care.
The Children's Bureau—together with its information service, Child Welfare Information Gateway, and a host of other Federal, State, and local partners—supports National Foster Care Month through a website.
This year, the theme for National Foster Care Month is "Empowering Caregivers, Strengthening Families," which emphasizes the importance of identifying, developing, and supporting prospective and current foster parents and kinship caregivers. The website highlights best practices that have resulted in new and strengthened recruitment and retention strategies. Access the resources at https://www.childwelfare.gov/fostercaremonth/resources/.
Storytelling is a powerful way to connect real-life scenarios to important practice issues. Each year, the National Foster Care Month website features real-life stories of children, youth, and families that can help child welfare workers, managers, training staff, and others engage audiences in a variety of settings. From training to recruitment, these inspiring stories are great tools for gaining perspective and highlighting the role each of us has in enhancing the lives of children and youth in foster care. Find the stories at https://www.childwelfare.gov/fostercaremonth/reallifestories/.
There are a number of tools you can use to help promote National Foster Care Month. Check them out at https://www.childwelfare.gov/fostercaremonth/spread/.
- National Foster Care Month Facebook campaign
- Foster care proclamations
- Email signature blocks
- Email messages
- Social media posts
Want to contact colleagues in other States to learn about their foster care policies? Contact information for State officials and other foster care information is available through the Foster Care Contacts map. Take time during National Foster Care Month to get to know your colleagues across the country and learn about their work. View State foster care contacts at https://www.childwelfare.gov/fostercaremonth/contacts/.
Throughout its history, the Children's Bureau has worked to assist children and youth in foster care; engage youth in decisions that affect their lives; and support foster families, kinship caregivers, child welfare professionals, and others who help these children. Learn more at https://www.childwelfare.gov/fostercaremonth/about/history/.
Learn more about the history of the Children's Bureau on its centennial website at https://cb100.acf.hhs.gov/.