Reflections: Stories of Foster Care


Personal storytelling is a powerful way to connect real-life scenarios to important practice issues and raise awareness about how the foster care system can support youth and families. Feature these stories in your State and local campaigns as a quick and easy way to enhance your message. Or use them as tools for training new child welfare professionals and recruiting and training foster parents. These stories highlight the important role kinship caregivers play in the lives of children and youth in foster care, and best practices for how kinship support programs and other foster care service agencies can act as a support to children, youth and families.

Stories from 2022

  • Support Trainings for Foster Care Professionals

    Pair these stories with curricula and related training materials to help develop a skilled child welfare workforce.

  • Recruit Foster Parents

    Use these stories with additional strategies and tools to help recruit and retain kinship and foster parents.

  • Combine Stories and Discussion Guides

    Use the It’s All Relative: Supporting Kinship Care Video Series developed by the Capacity Building Center for States to promote collaborative discussions about kinship care.

  • Share Your Story

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Stories from Previous Campaigns