Honoring and recognizing National Foster Care Month is an important part of keeping the needs of children and youth in foster care in the minds of the public. Child welfare professionals, parents, youth, caregivers, and community members should lead this work by getting involved and becoming partners in the community. Browse this page for ideas on how you can take action to raise awareness in your hometown! View sample proclamations, a list of community events, and see examples of what other State and local jurisdictions are doing to help the foster care system act as a support to families.
Here are other actions you can take to spread the word!
- Update your social media profile with Foster Care Month graphics, including profiles frames, and share these sample messages with the hashtag #FosterCareMonth.
- Plan an in-person or virtual event in your community and tell us about it! Email the event to NFCM@childwelfare.gov or message us on Facebook.
- Share the Reflections: Stories of Foster Care series as a quick and easy way to demonstrate how the foster care system can support youth and families.
- Subscribe to email updates to stay connected to the campaign!
Sample Foster Care Month Proclamations
Reaching out to State and local leaders to request a proclamation is a great way to spread awareness and make a difference! Whether it’s done through an official decree or a ceremonial announcement, take these steps to help build awareness for National Foster Care Month in your community:
- Contact your State or local officials to make an official request.
- Provide key facts and statistics to demonstrate why this issue should be given attention.
- Share the proclamations from the 2020 initiative on this page to help leaders identity key messaging to use when discussing this very important issue.
Governor Mike Dunleavy proclaims May 2020 as Foster Parent Appreciation Month.
North Carolina (2020) (PDF - 1,600 KB)
Governor Roy Cooper proclaims May 2020 as Foster Care Month.
North Dakota (2020) (PDF - 73 KB)
Governor Doug Burgum proclaims May 2020 as Children’s Foster Care Month.
Tennessee (2020) (PDF - 501 KB)
Governor Bill Lee proclaims May 2020 as Foster Care Month.
Wisconsin (2020) (PDF - 4,220 KB)
Governor Tony Evers proclaims May 2020 as Foster Care Month.?
Fairfax County, VA (2020)
The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors proclaims May 2020 as Foster Care and Foster Family Recognition Month.
Lake County, OH (2020) (PDF - 361 KB)
The Lake County Board of Commissioners proclaims May 2020 as Foster Parent Recognition Month.
Mesa County, CO (2020)
The Mesa County Board of Commissioners proclaims May 2020 as Foster Parent Appreciation Month.
Palm Beach County, FL (2020)
The Palm Beach County Commissioner Greg Weiss proclaims May 2020 as National Foster Care, Speak Up for Kids, and Guardian Ad Litem Month.
Wyoming County, NY (2020) (PDF - 6 KB)
The Wyoming County Board of Supervisors proclaims May 2020 as Foster Care Month.
Find out how the child welfare system and related organizations are making changes to their culture, expectations, and supports to better engage youth and collaborate across systems as a way to help shift foster care to be a true support to families.
Children’s Bureau’s Young Adult Consultant and National Youth in Transition Database Reviewer Programs
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Children's Bureau (2020)
Summarizes two programs, the Young Adult Consultant program and the National Youth in Transition Database Reviewer program, through which young adults provide technical assistance to States about child welfare-related issues. The resource reviews the roles played by young adults as participants in each program and discusses how to build organizational capacity for youth engagement.
Children's Commission Resources for Youth Engagement in Court Proceedings
Texas Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children (2019)
Discusses resources for youth engagement in court proceedings in Texas and provides links to learn about videoconferencing. Also included are additional resources to assist judges with engaging children and youth in court.
Very Outstanding Individual Citizens Empowering the State
Describes a program that advocates for the needs of youth in out-of-home care and helps children and youth develop life skills throughout Illinois.
Youth Move National
Describes a youth-led organization working to improve services in youth-serving systems through youth engagement and empowerment.
Youth Support Partners (YSP)
Allegheny County (PA)
Educates and empowers youth regarding their role in planning for their future and encourages youth voice during every phase of service development.
FOCUS ON: National Foster Care Month Events
- To get more information about what is happening for National Foster Care Month in your State, contact your State foster care program manager.
- Are you a youth formerly in care looking to get involved? Check out the youth advocacy and advisory boards and foster care alumni organizations in your area to learn how you can share your voice.