National Foster Care Month 2021
Foster Care as a Support to Families, Not a Substitute for Parents

Now more than ever, child welfare professionals have the opportunity to develop strategies to fight inequities and diminish the trauma and social isolation that families and young people may experience in foster care. Visit the links below to see examples of how the child welfare system has continued serving the needs of families—especially older youth—in foster care in recent months.

How Child Welfare Leaders Can Help Older Youth During COVID-19 Pandemic
Annie E. Casey Foundation (2020)

Embedding a Racial Equity Perspective in the Positive Youth Development Approach
Redd, Moore, & Andrews (2020)
Child Trends

Surviving the Coronavirus Crisis: Current & Former Foster Youth Speak Out
The Imprint

Supporting Families of Color: How Racial and Complex Trauma Affect Parents of Color Navigating Family Court During the Time of COVID and Beyond – a Report by Tricia Stephens, LCSW-R, Ph.D.  
Rise (2020)

Resources for Professionals and Others Supporting Young People During Times of Uncertainty
Child Welfare Information Gateway