Get the message out and remind your network of contacts and partners of the importance of identifying, supporting, and developing prospective and current foster and kinship care families. Use these emails in your news releases, newsletters, websites, talking points, or other products. These messages promote National Foster Care Month 2018 as it pays special attention to the importance of supporting kinship connections. The emails also point audiences to resources on the National Foster Care Month webpage.
Subject: Five tools to support foster and kinship caregivers
Resource families need information and support to care for the more than 430,000 children and youth in foster care. This May, during National Foster Care Month, we pay special attention to supporting those resource families, which include foster parents, foster-to-adopt families, relative/kinship caregivers and legal guardians. These families are critical partners in ensuring the safety, permanency, and well-being of children in care, and the National Foster Care Month 2018 website is full of resources that can help connect them to information that supports their ability to provide and maintain a safe and caring home. The site also supports child welfare workers with a collection of best practices on effectively recruiting and retaining kinship and foster families
Visit the website and find free tools to help:
- Answer your questions about raising children and youth in Care
- Define formal and informal kinship care
- Connect legal guardians to financial information and support
- Contact the right people with questions about foster care
- Attend and support National Foster Care events in your community
Visit and bookmark the National Foster Care Month website today at https://www.childwelfare.gov/fostercaremonth. For more information, contact Child Welfare Information Gateway at NFCM@childwelfare.gov or 1.800.394.3366.
Subject: How to get involved with National Foster Care Month in your community
May is National Foster Care Month. There is an overwhelming need to help the more than 430,000 children and youth in foster care across the country. Community members can assist by becoming a foster parent or respite provider, volunteering, or becoming a mentor. They can also help by spreading the word about the needs of children and youth in foster care in your local community!
The National Foster Care Month website is full of resources that highlight what child welfare systems across the country are doing and showcase the following ways you can get involved in your community:
- Promote State or local proclamations declaring May as Foster Care Month
- Post and support local events that celebrate National Foster Care Month
- Connect real-life scenarios to important practice issues through storytelling
- Learn how collaborative community relationships contribute to the positive development of children and youth involved in foster care
Visit and bookmark the National Foster Care Month website today at https://www.childwelfare.gov/fostercaremonth/. For more information, contact Child Welfare Information Gateway at NFCM@childwelfare.gov or 1.800.394.3366.