May is National Foster Care Month, a time to recognize that we each can play a part in enhancing the lives of children and youth in foster care.
May's special issue highlights a higher education program for transitioning youth, a tool for evaluating youth connectedness, and other information about foster care.
The Obama administration remains committed to improving the lives of children in foster care and the futures of youth who may leave foster care without a permanent family.
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. The focus of this year's initiative is supporting youth in transition through creating meaningful connections, partnering with youth, advancing permanency options, and preparing youth for successful transitions to adulthood. During National Foster Care Month, we renew our commitment to ensuring a bright future for the more than 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. 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 for child welfare professionals on Child Welfare Information Gateway, its information service. A proclamation from the President each year 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.