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Promote National Foster Care Month and encourage your audience to get involved! Access these tools to support your promotional, outreach, and social media activities.
Download and share the Outreach Toolkit (PDF - 1,569 KB).
Key Facts and Statistics
Include these key points in your messaging to demonstrate how the child welfare system can prioritize foster care as a service to families and promote reunification.
- There are over 437,000 children and youth in foster care. Over half have a case plan goal of reunification with their parents or primary caregiver.
- Collaborating with court systems can pave the way for timely, safe, and stable reunification.
- Child welfare agencies can work with community providers to ensure that appropriate services are available to children and families as well as build their own capacity to serve this population.
- Competent legal representation for parents is associated with the achievement of timely reunification.
- In addition to supporting brain development, encouraging young people to be active participants in planning their own lives supports development of leadership skills, improves self-esteem, and helps form critical social connections.
Raise awareness with your public profile and help spread the word with these graphics!
Sample Social Media
May is National Foster Care Month! Follow Child Welfare Information Gateway and the Children’s Bureau to help spread the word on ways to strengthen families and their support systems. #FosterCareMonth #NFCM2020 https://www.childwelfare.gov/fostercaremonth/
Foster care should be a support system for families in need, not a substitute for parents. Child welfare agencies, courts, and related professionals can help keep families together with the right mix of support services and partnerships. Find out more on the #FosterCareMonth website. #NFCM2020 https://www.childwelfare.gov/fostercaremonth/
Contact media, bloggers, local community groups, and notify your colleagues using these messages!