Get the message out and remind your contacts and partners how the foster care system can support a process for strengthening families' capacity to nurture and provide for their children’s well-being. The sample emails below can be used within your news releases, newsletters, websites, talking points, or other products. These messages promote National Foster Care Month 2019 and its theme: “Foster care as a support to families, not a substitute for parents.” It also points audiences to the resources available on the National Foster Care Month webpage.
Use the emails below to communicate with colleagues, media contacts, policymakers, families, and anyone else with a connection to foster care.
Subject: May is National Foster Care Month!
Strengthening families and focusing on their well-being is the key to building strong communities. Whether it’s promoting a collaborative relationship between birth parents and foster caregivers or providing parents with the right combination of supportive services to enable reunification, keeping families together is the primary goal in a successful child welfare system.
This May, National Foster Care Month recognizes that foster care must act as a support system for families, not a substitute for parents. Developing partnerships between local agencies, community organizations, and individuals within a family’s network is key to building a supportive foundation that supports family reunification and preservation.
Visit the National Foster Care Month website to find resources about the following:
- Child welfare agency and community partnerships
- Collaborative cross-system relationships
- Targeted support services
The website also provides tools to support engagement in the local community and inspiring real-life stories from families with foster care experience.
Subject: How to get involved with National Foster Care Month in your community
Families involved with the child welfare system experience a wide array of needs that can challenge their ability to provide for their children’s well-being. This May, during National Foster Care Month, we recognize the important role community partners play in meeting those needs through partnerships with local agencies and child welfare professionals.
Visit the National Foster Care Month website to find important resources on ways to strengthen families with community-based support systems and partnerships, tools for community engagement, and real-life stories from families with experience in foster care.
Community members can support National Foster Care Month in the following ways:
- Educate the public by sharing information and resources on social media using the hashtag #NFCM2019
- Host, attend, or share information on local events that support children and youth in foster care and their families
- Connect with local community groups working with youth in foster care
The website also provides examples of child welfare agencies from across the country that are successfully partnering with their communities to support families, as well as examples of State and local proclamations to help you promote National Foster Care Month during the month of May.