May is National Foster Care Month, a month set aside to acknowledge 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. During National Foster Care Month, we renew our commitment to ensuring a bright future for the nearly 400,000 children and youth in foster care, and we celebrate all those who make a meaningful difference in their lives.
Throughout its 100-year 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.
To learn more about the history of the Children's Bureau, visit the Bureau's centennial website. There, you can access an e-book, The Children's Bureau Legacy: Ensuring the Right to Childhood, that tells the story of how the Bureau took on some of the most devastating social problems of the time during its first 100 years, including high infant mortality, child labor, and child abuse and neglect. In the website's featured video, The Children's Bureau, 1912–2012: A Passionate Commitment. A Legacy of Leadership, Children's Bureau leaders and staff speak passionately about their commitment to the Bureau's work and how that passion translates into better outcomes for children, families, and communities. The video is also available in Spanish.
Today, the Children's Bureau, together with its partners, supports National Foster Care Month through a website on Child Welfare Information Gateway, its information service. A yearly proclamation from the President supports the Children's Bureau in this effort by recognizing the work of foster families, social workers, faith-based and community organizations, and others that are improving the lives of young people in foster care across the country and by encouraging all Americans to participate in efforts to serve these children throughout the year.