Email Signatures and Sample Messaging

Relative and kinship caregivers play an important role in the child welfare system by helping to keep children and youth connected to their family, their community, and their cultural roots if they are unable to safely remain at home. Help spread the word about the importance of engaging these caregivers first, recognizing their unique ability to partner with parents, and prioritizing their needs as key factors in promoting a child welfare system that truly strengthens families. 

Use the email signatures and sample messages below to help spread the word about this important issue.


Email Signatures

Updating your email signature will help spread the word about the importance of National Foster Care Month with each email you send, and it's simple to do. Select from the sample signature texts and graphics below and insert them into your email signature:

 

May is National Foster Care Month, childwelfare.gov/fostercaremonth
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May is National Foster Care Month, Children's Bureau, Child Welfare Information Gateway.
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Sample Email Messages

The sample emails below can be used in your news releases, newsletters, websites, talking points, or other products. Use the emails to communicate with colleagues, media contacts, policymakers, families, and anyone with a connection to foster care.

Sample 1:

Subject: Relative and Kin Connections Keep Families Strong- May is National Foster Care Month!

There are over 407,000 children and youth in foster care across the country, and 34 percent were placed with relatives or kin.

Kinship care, in its various forms, is important in meeting the needs of children involved in the child welfare system.

This year, National Foster Care Month focuses on how relative and kin connections keep families strong. When children cannot remain safely with their parents, we should prioritize placements with kin. Kinship care helps to maintain family connections and cultural traditions that can minimize the trauma of family separation.

Take time this month to raise awareness on how prioritizing kinship care, identifying connections rather than just placement options, and maintaining community ties makes a difference in the lives of children and youth and can shift the foster care system to one that truly supports families.

Visit and bookmark the National Foster Care Month website today.

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Sample 2:

Subject: Spread the word! May is National Foster Care Month

This year, National Foster Care Month is committed to highlighting the importance of relative and kinship care placements to maintain family and cultural connections.

Acknowledging the unique role kinship caregivers play in working to achieve reunification for children and youth in foster care is a key factor in moving the system towards one that truly supports families.

These free tools and resources from the National Foster Care Month website are now available to help inform others and spread the word!

  • Share these inspiring stories to highlight the importance of prioritizing relative and kin placements for children and youth in foster care.
  • Help educate the public by sharing information and resources. Use the hashtag #FosterCareMonth to help spread the word!
  • Learn how child welfare agencies from across the country are working to change their culture and practice to ensure foster care is a support to families.
  • Find graphics and key facts and statistics to help raise awareness throughout the month of May.

You can stay connected to the conversation by using the hashtag #FosterCareMonth and follow Child Welfare Information Gateway on Facebook and Twitter to see regular updates!

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