Community Engagement

Honoring and recognizing National Foster Care Month is an important part of keeping the needs of children and youth in foster care in the minds of the public. Child welfare professionals, caregivers, and community members should lead this work by getting involved and becoming partners in the community as a way to help the foster care system act as a support to families and promote positive outcomes. Browse this page for contact information for State officials and to view past proclamations issued by various levels of government. You can also find information about community-based programs promoting positive outcomes for families through community involvement and support. To learn about National Foster Care Month events going on near your hometown, check out the Facebook events link.

Foster Care Contacts in Your Community

State Foster Care Program Managers

State Foster Care Information Websites

National and State Child Welfare Agency and Organization Websites

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Sample Foster Care Month Proclamations

Federal

White House (2019)
President Donald Trump proclaims May 2019 as National Foster Care Month.

State

Michigan (2019)
Governor Gretchen Whitmer proclaims May 2019 as National Foster Care Month.

Virginia (2019)
Governor Ralph S. Northam proclaims May 2019 as National Foster Care Month.

Vermont (2019) (PDF – 134 KB)
Governor Philip B. Scott proclaims May 2019 as National Foster Care Month.

North Dakota (2019) (PDF – 75 KB)
Governor Doug Burgum proclaims May 2019 as National Foster Care Month.

Florida (2019) (PDF – 43 KB)
Governor Ron DeSantis proclaims May 2019 as National Foster Care Month.

Local

City of Northhampton, MA (2019) (PDF – 357 KB)
The city of Northampton proclaims May 2019 as National Foster Care Month.

Adams County, CO (2019) (PDF – 73 KB)
The Adam's County Board of Commissioners proclaims May 2019 as National Foster Care Month.

Fairfax County, VA (2019)
The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors proclaims May 2019 as National Foster Care Month.

Marion County, OR (2019) (PDF – 176 KB)
The Marion County Board of Commissioners proclaims May 2019 as National Foster Care Month.

City of Norfolk, VA (2019)
Mayor Kenneth Alexander proclaims May 2019 as National Foster Care Month.

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State and Local Examples

Live Well Communities
Live Well San Diego
Provides information on a program that engages the community to improve the health, financial strength, safety, and quality of life of children and families

Center for Family Life in Sunset Park
SCO Family of Services
Provides information on community-based services for families living in the Sunset Park community, including family counseling, school-based programs, youth and adult employment services, cooperative business development, an advocacy clinic, tax filing support, and other community services.

Community-Based Prevention
Bring Up Nebraska
Provides information on community collaborations to reduce entry into the child welfare system and increase community supports for children and families. 

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