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  • Title: Home | National Foster Care Month
    Descriptive info: .. Search.. May is National Foster Care Month.. Home.. About Foster Care.. Statistics Data.. Frequently Asked Questions.. Get Involved.. Change a Lifetime Menu.. Minutes.. Hour.. Week.. More.. Toolkit.. National Campaign.. Logo Graphics.. Recognize.. Promote.. Support.. Working With Media.. Free Online Store.. Events Promotions.. Events Calendar.. Event Submission.. Proclamations.. Newsroom.. Success Stories.. Janiva Magness.. Victoria Rowell.. Jimmy Wayne.. The Campaign.. History/Origin.. Core Messages.. Partners.. Contact Us.. Link to Us.. Contact National Foster Care Month.. Brochures, posters, promotional graphics and other digital materials are available as a part of the.. Foster Care Month toolkit.. Pins and ribbons are no longer available for Foster Care Month 2013.. You Can Change a Lifetime!.. Each May, National Foster Care Month provides an opportunity to shine a light on the experiences of the more than 380,000 children and youth under 18 in the foster care system.. The campaign raises awareness about the urgent needs of these young people and encourages citizens from every walk of life to get involved – as foster or adoptive parents, volunteers, mentors, employers or in other ways.. With the help  ...   professionals, elected officials and support groups around the country, the total number of children in foster care has decreased over recent years.. But more help is needed.. Every year, approximately 26,200 young people leave the foster care system without lifelong families – most at age 18.. On their own, these young adults must navigate a weakened economy offering fewer jobs and less support for vital services such as housing.. They need – and deserve – caring adults who love and support them.. We call on all Americans to join us in helping to.. change a lifetime.. of a child or youth in foster care.. No matter who you are or how much time you have to give, you can help create permanent, lifelong connections for these children and youth.. All children — including the more than 380,000 American children and youth under 18 in foster care — deserve a safe, happy life.. Young people in foster care especially need nurturing adults on their side because their own families are in crisis and unable to care for them.. |.. Privacy Policy..

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  • Title: About Foster Care
    Descriptive info: Did You Know?.. In as little as a few minutes, there is something positive you can do to.. for a young person in foster care.. About Foster Care.. Foster care affects hundreds of thousands of children and families and society as a whole.. Child welfare issues arise in families of every race, ethnicity, culture,  ...   care when their parents (or guardians) are no longer able to ensure their essential wellbeing.. These young people need stable, loving care until they can either safely reunite with their families or establish other lifelong relationships with a nurturing adult.. This section features helpful background information that promotes understanding of this complex issue, including..

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  • Title: Statistics and Data
    Descriptive info: Statistics & Data.. Statistics and Data.. There are about 382,400 children and youth currently in foster care in the United States.. About 104,200 are available for adoption.. Each year, about 26,200 youth age out of care, most at age 18.. For in-depth statistical and demographic research (including state-by-state data), please visit the Children's Bureau's page on.. Federal Reporting Systems.. , which includes links to AFCARS – the Adoption and Foster Care Analysis and Report System – as well as to other reporting systems that collect data about issues related to child welfare..

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  • Title: Frequently Asked Questions
    Descriptive info: Frequently Asked Questions.. How can I become a Foster Parent?.. How do I become a Court-Appointed Special Advocate (CASA)?.. How do I report that I think a child is being abused or neglected?.. I would like you to link to my organization's website.. How do I become a mentor?.. How can I get statistics about foster care?.. How do I order a toolkit/poster/ribbon?.. How can I learn more about foster care?.. How do I start a Blue Ribbon Event?.. How do I donate money to an organization that can help children and young people in foster care, or their foster parents?.. Where can I find resources to help my research on foster care?.. How do I go about starting a group home for children/young people/pregnant teens?.. How can a foster parent get respite care?.. How much training does it take to become a foster parent?.. How can I locate my child/parent/sibling/relative who is (was) in foster care or who was adopted?.. Do you have a newsletter?.. How do I start a petition for my governor/legislature/mayor/town council to declare May as National Foster Care Month?.. How can I raise awareness about foster care issues in my community?.. How can I show my support for foster parents and/or children and youth in foster care?.. How do I adopt a child from foster care?.. How can I find a foster care agency in my city/county/state?.. How can I become a respite care provider?.. What can our agency do to recruit new foster parents?.. How do adoption subsidies work?.. What states offer college tuition waivers for young people who are or were in foster care?.. Can I use materials I find on the National Foster Care Month website on my website or in my newsletter or other printed materials?.. How do I adopt a child from another country?.. How can I get help when I turn 18 and leave the foster care system?.. How can I connect with other alumni of foster care?.. How can I get custody of my relative child who is in foster care?.. How much do foster parents get paid?.. How can I obtain health insurance for a child I am caring for?.. How can I become a legal guardian to a child in foster care?.. Can I become a foster or adoptive parent if I or my spouse is in the military?.. How can I foster or adopt a Native American child?.. I would like you to read/publish/publicize my book, poem, story, play, or movie.. How can I obtain funds for education, camp, equipment, or other needs?.. How can I locate a foster/adoptive/kinship caregiver support group?.. Where can I find out about conferences about foster care?.. How can I honor the foster parents who do so much to help the children and youth in my community?.. Can I use your logo on my website/printed materials?.. Can I link to your website?.. How can I get on your mailing list?.. How can I advocate for change in the foster care system?.. How can I contact one of the Foster Care Month spokespersons?.. How can I get money to build an addition on my house so I can foster or adopt more children?.. What is a "resource parent?".. How can I get my child back from the child welfare agency who took him or her?.. How can I get help with a problem I am having with an agency?.. How can I get legal advice about my child welfare services case?.. How can I put my child into foster care?.. ^Top.. Every state has its own rules about foster parenting.. However, the chances are good that you can be a foster parent in your state.. There are many more children in need of temporary care than there are foster parents available.. To fill this gap, states are looking for people who.. want to help children.. can share their time and their homes.. are married or unmarried.. are young or older.. are any race or religion.. work outside the home or stay at home.. will complete an application, agree to a background check, have a home inspection and personal interview, meet state and/or local licensing requirements, and are at least 21 years old.. Your state will prepare you for the responsibilities of being a foster parent, and will support you once you get started.. Some of the kinds of help you will probably receive include.. information to help you decide if fostering is really for you.. training on your state's rules about fostering.. training on how to work successfully with children in foster care and their families.. continuing training on different aspects of fostering, such as fostering a teenager or dealing with behavior problems.. financial assistance in the form of a monthly maintenance payment for each child in your care.. Learn who to contact about becoming a foster parent by reviewing the National Resource Center for Permanency and Family Connection's document,.. Contact Information for Foster Care Inquiries (By State).. 70,900 CASA volunteers serve 237,000 children in over 900 local programs nationwide.. To find out more about becoming a CASA volunteer in your area, visit the.. CASA website.. Each State designates specific agencies to receive and investigate reports of suspected child abuse and neglect.. Typically, this responsibility is carried out by child protective services (CPS) within a Department of Social Services, Department of Human Resources, or Division of Family and Children Services.. In some States, police departments may also receive reports of child abuse or neglect.. For more information or assistance with reporting, please call Childhelp®, 800-4-A-CHILD (800-422-4453), or your local CPS agency.. The Child Welfare Information Gateway, which provided this information, publishes toll-free numbers for state reporting hotlines.. Visit.. http://www.. childwelfare.. gov/can/index.. cfm.. and click on Child Abuse Reporting Numbers at the bottom of the page.. The National Foster Care Month campaign is a partnership of fourteen national organizations that support foster care issues throughout the year.. Unfortunately, we cannot provide general information links to local and regional agencies and service providers.. Click.. here.. for more information on how you can support the National Foster Care Month effort by linking to this site.. You can become a mentor to a young person in your own home town, or you can become a "virtual" mentor (vMentor) to a young person anywhere in the United States.. To find out how to become a mentor to a child or young person in foster care in your local area, visit the website of.. MENTOR.. Most states have a local mentoring partnership which can help connect you with an organization in your area.. The vMentor program is sponsored by Foster Care to Success.. Visit the.. vMentor.. website to learn more about this program, which matches volunteers with young adults ages 16-23 who are, are formerly were, in foster care.. There are several places on this website that provide statistics on foster care:.. Our.. Statistics and Data.. section provides basic statistics about foster care in the United States at the national and state levels, as well as national statistics about the overrepresentation of children of color in the U.. S.. foster care system.. For more statistics, see:.. Adoption and Foster Care Statistics.. on the website of the Children's Bureau.. Foster care, adoption, and guardianship statistics.. on the website of the National Resource Center for Family Centered Practice and Permanency Planning.. You can order pins and ribbons, posters, and toolkits in our.. online store.. Explore this website to learn the facts about foster care and to gain an understanding of the needs of those touched by this issue.. Each of the.. partners.. in the National Foster Care Month effort can provide you with more information.. The.. National Foster Parent Association.. website provides all the information you need to start a blue ribbon campaign in your area.. Visit our.. to find pins and ribbons for your campaign.. Find an.. event.. that has already been planned in your area.. There are many organizations that can accept your donations of money or goods to benefit children, youth, and foster parents.. Here are a few of them:.. Each year the.. Foster Care to Success.. awards college scholarships to thousands of students in every state.. This scholarship program is funded solely by donations from individuals, foundations, and corporations.. provides scholarships for youth in foster care and accepts donations to its scholarship fund.. We recommend the following:.. Check other pages on the Foster Care Month site.. We provide many useful resources, including.. Child Welfare League of America.. Children's Bureau.. National Resource Center for Family-Centered Practice and Permanency Planning.. Child Welfare Information Gateway.. Each state has its own regulations governing group homes.. You should start by finding out the requirements for becoming a foster parent in your state.. See our FAQ "How can I become a foster parent?".. Respite care is short-term care of a child in order to give the regular caregiver a break.. Respite can be for a few hours or a week or more.. Each state or county has its own procedures for foster parents to get respite care, and many private agencies also provide their own forms of respite.. If you are a foster parent or kinship caregiver, your first step should be to check with your social worker to find out what types of respite, if any, are available to you.. Other sources of information about respite care are:.. Your state or local.. foster parent association.. The ARCH National Respite Locator Service.. Training requirements for foster parenting vary from state to state.. Most states require both training before you become a foster parent (pre-service training) and ongoing, or in-service training, to maintain your license.. You can find state requirements for both pre-service and in-service training on the website of the.. If your relative is currently in foster care, begin by contacting the agency that placed him or her.. They should be able to provide you with information about your relative’s custody.. You may wish to consult an attorney who specializes in these matters.. You may be eligible  ...   The pages are provided through a partnership with the National Foster Care Coalition.. There are several national organizations that can help you connect with other young people online or in your own local area:.. Foster Club.. is a place you can go to get encouragement, motivation, information, education, and learn about benefits you might be entitled to.. You can join this online club and get information about foster care, including articles, questions and answers, message boards, contests, discussions, and even biographies of famous people who grew up in care.. Foster Care Alumni of America.. helps alumni of foster care to connect and advocate for positive change, at both the individual and systems level.. Child custody decisions are made by individual state, county, or city child welfare agencies in conjunction with the local courts.. You should begin by contacting that agency.. Check the local government section of your telephone directory.. The agency may be listed under “child services,” “child and family services,” “human services,” or another name.. To find out more about kinship care in your state, see the.. State Fact Sheets for Grandparents and Other Relatives Raising Children.. developed by The Children's Defense Fund, AARP, Casey Family Programs, The Brookdale Foundation, Child Welfare League of America, Generations United, The Urban Institute, and Johnson Hedgpeth Consultants.. You might want to contact an attorney.. American Bar Association.. Foster parents do not get paid for the job of caring for children; they receive a reimbursement that is intended to provide for the needs (e.. g.. , food, clothing, school supplies, etc.. ) of the children in their care.. Each state sets its own rates for reimbursement.. You can find current foster parent reimbursement for most states in "Foster Care Maintenance Payments," a document prepared by the.. All children who receive foster care payments from their states are automatically eligible for Medicaid.. If you are caring for a child, usually a relative, under another program, such as unlicensed kinship care, you may be able to enroll the child in your State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP).. Insure Kids Now!.. website to find out about free or low-cost medical insurance in your state.. Additional information about health care for children may be available on your.. State Fact Sheet.. for Grandparents and Other Relatives Raising Children, developed by The Children's Defense Fund, AARP, Casey Family Programs, The Brookdale Foundation, Child Welfare League of America, Generations United, The Urban Institute, and Johnson Hedgpeth Consultants.. Each state has its own laws and regulations concerning guardianship.. Most have subsidized guardianship programs, through which a person, usually one who is related to or known to the child, provides a permanent, safe, loving home.. Guardians under such programs may receive a subsidy from the state to help provide for the child's needs.. You can find links to extensive information about subsidized guardianship, including state-by-state information, at the website of the.. AdoptUsKids, a Service of the Children's Bureau, has published a resource guide on adoption by military families, which include the steps to becoming an approved adoptive parent.. Although these steps are used to describe the adoption process, readers are encouraged to make adaptations to the foster care licensing/certification process as applicable.. Most are pertinent to becoming a licensed foster parent, particularly in States that use a "dual licensure" process to approve families for both fostering and adopting.. to find this guide, "Wherever My Family Is: That's Home!".. Foster care and adoption of Indian children is regulated by the Indian Child Welfare Act of 1987 (ICWA).. A short explanation is available in a brochure from the National Indian Child Welfare Association titled "The Indian Child Welfare Act: A Family's Guide.. ".. For more information about Indian children in foster care and adoption, see:.. National Indian Child Welfare Association.. The National Foster Care Month partnership does not publish the works of individual authors.. You should locate a reputable publisher whose products are similar to yours.. There are reference books available that list many resources for writers.. accepts submission of articles for its quarterly newsletter, the National Advocate.. Contact:.. Karen Jorgenson, Executive Director.. Email: kjorgenson@nfpainc.. If you are a young person in foster care or an alumni of foster care, check these resources:.. FosterClub Contests.. The Mockingbird Society.. Represent (Youth Communication).. For information about post-secondary scholarships for young people who were in foster care or adopted, see:.. Foster Care to Success Scholarship Information.. State-by-State Information on.. Education and Training Vouchers.. For information about education and training vouchers created under the Promoting Safe and Stable Families Amendments of 2001 and provided by states, see:.. National Child Welfare Resource Center for Youth Development.. For other services for yourself or a child or youth in your care, contact your local social services organization or faith-based institution.. Begin with your own case manager, who may be able to direct you to available funds.. Contact your state or local.. The National Foster Care Month partnership is not a grant-making organization.. It can be very helpful to talk with others about experiences like your own.. Here are some resources that can help you find a group or even start a new one:.. at the Child Welfare Information Gateway: Select your state and check "For Adoptive/Foster Families" under Support Groups.. State and local foster parent associations are listed on the website of the.. Click "Reference Info.. AARP Foundation.. Grandparent Information Center's.. (GIC's) Local Grandparent Support Database.. Support Group Database.. There are also many online support communities, such as:.. Foster Care Adoptive Community.. FosterParentNet.. Here are several major conferences you may be interested in:.. National Foster Parent Association Conference.. National CASA Conference.. toolkit.. to find ideas for events, a sample letter of appreciation, and materials to help you publicize your event in your local media.. We encourage you to use the National Foster Care Month logo on your website, linking it to www.. You may also use the logo on printed materials.. A variety of Foster Care month logos and graphics are available on this website on our.. Logos Graphics.. page.. We encourage you to.. link.. to the National Foster Care Month website, www.. You may want to download and use one of our.. logos.. for your link.. Just send us an e-mail from our.. Begin by educating yourself about the facts about foster care and the needs of those touched by this issue.. Visit the following websites for information about advocating for foster care issues:.. National Association of Social Workers.. FosterClub.. The National Foster Parent Association.. and its state affiliates perform advocacy work.. Join the national or a state association to get involved.. Official spokespeople make a commitment to take part in a variety of national events and activities organized by the National Foster Care Month partnership.. If you are a member of the media and would like to interview a spokesperson or issue expert, please contact:.. Cathy S.. Nolan.. Right Tree Consulting, LLC.. cathy@righttreeconsulting.. com.. For all other non-media inquiries, please note that some of the campaign spokespeople are professional motivational speakers or performers who may be booked for speaking engagements and events.. Links to their own web sites that have contact and booking information can be found on their.. profile pages.. Every state has its own programs for housing assistance.. For information about your state, please contact your state's Housing Finance Agency.. You can find contact information on the website of the.. National Council of State Housing Agencies.. There is no one single definition of this term, but it is being used in many places to describe individuals who are willing to support children, youth and families involved with the child welfare system.. National foster care and adoption organizations use the term resource families to better reflect the changing role of caregivers.. Resource families include foster and adoptive parents, kinship and guardianship families, mentors, and respite caregivers who provide support, guidance, advocacy, and nurturance for children and youth and their families.. Resource families also make valuable contributions to the system of care and the community as well as being a source of support for each other.. The term is meant to be more inclusive and reflect the dynamic role that caregivers play.. The National Foster Care Month partner organizations are not able to intervene in individual child welfare cases.. We suggest you go through the following steps in order:.. Make your concerns known to your worker, his or her supervisor, and the agency diretcor, in that order.. Follow any grievance or appeals procedure set up by your agency.. Contact an attorney.. You may be eligible for free or low-cost representation through legal services.. You can find information about locating an attorney and qualifications for free legal aid in your state on the website of the.. If you are experiencing difficulties with a child welfare case, we suggest you go through the following steps in order:.. Make your concerns known to your worker, his or her supervisor, and the agency director, in that order.. foster/adoptive parent association.. They may have experience with either your agency or your problem.. Find out if your agency is accredited by the.. Council on Accreditation for Children and Family Services (COA).. If it is, concerns about the agency can be reported by following the COA.. procedures.. Contact a child advocacy group in your state.. Find a local contact through.. Voices for America's Children.. You may be eligible for free or low-cost representation through legal aid services.. If you are having difficulty caring for your child, you may be able to have him or her taken care of by a foster family for a period of time.. However, most foster care agencies will try to help you keep your child at home by providing services or referrals that can help you work through whatever difficulties you are having.. You can contact your local foster care agency for more information about voluntarily placing your child in foster care or receiving services to help you keep your child at home.. See our FAQ "How can I find a foster care agency in my city/county/state?"..

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  • Title: Get Involved
    Descriptive info: How Can I Help?.. Whether you have a few minutes, a few hours, or more time to give, there is something positive you can do to.. for a child in foster care.. Download brochures, posters, promotional graphics and other digital materials from our.. 2012 Foster Care Month toolkit.. Printed materials and pins and ribbons will be available for order on April 18.. More ways to Get Involved.. One Simple Wish.. SOS Children's Villages.. CWLA Foster Parent Appreciation Cards.. Get Involved.. Across the country, people just like you are helping  ...   social workers and volunteers.. But much more help is needed.. Most communities are urgently seeking more everyday people to come forward and support our nation’s most vulnerable children so they may realize their full potential.. In this section, go to the.. change a lifetime menu.. to see the many different ways to get involved and make a lasting difference in the life of a child.. Explore the.. National Foster Care Month Toolkit.. for some handy tips and ideas for making the most of Foster Care Month in your community..

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  • Title: Change a Lifetime Menu
    Descriptive info: Change a Lifetime Menu.. No matter who you are or how much time you have to give, you can help create permanent, lifelong connections for these children and youth and Change a Lifetime.. IF YOU HAVE A FEW MINUTES.. IF YOU HAVE A FEW HOURS.. IF YOU HAVE A FEW WEEKS.. IF YOU HAVE MORE TIME..

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  • Title: Minutes
    Descriptive info: Change A Lifetime Menu.. If You Have a Few Minutes.. Wear a blue ribbon.. during May in support of National Foster Care Month.. Attend a local ribbon-tying ceremony to advocate on behalf of children in foster care in your state.. , click Foster Care Month.. Spread the word.. by featuring the National Foster Care Month logo and website link on your personal and/or organizational websites.. National Foster Care Month logos graphics.. Make a financial contribution.. to support the personal enrichment or education of a young person in foster care.. Make a contribution.. to a national organization.. working to improve public policy and heighten public awareness.. Foster Care Alumni of America..  ...   youth in care.. Listen to digital stories.. shared by former youth in foster care, social workers, child welfare supervisors, parents, family partners, advocates, judges and CASA workers to learn about the experiences and perspectives of those impacted by foster care.. National Resource Center for Permanency and Family Connections.. Send a Shout-Out of Encouragement.. to a youth in foster care or alumnus of foster care.. Be inspired.. to make a difference by reading more about former children in foster care from all walks of life who are enjoying positive, accomplished adult lives, thanks to the relationships they shared with caring, committed adults.. FosterClub All Stars.. National Foster Care Month success stories..

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  • Title: Hours
    Descriptive info: Hours.. If You Have a Few Hours.. Child welfare supervisors can sharpen their leadership skills.. by applying to participate in an online leadership academy for supervisors.. National Child Welfare Workforce Institute.. Volunteer with a local foster care program.. to provide academic enrichment opportunities for young people in your community.. , click What You Can Do and Academic Success Program.. Recognize a person or organization supporting foster youth.. in your community by writing.. a letter to the editor of your local newspaper in praise of someone making a difference in the life of a child in foster care.. National Foster Care Month.. , click Get Involved and Toolkit.. Help young people in foster  ...   a youth-led effort to raise funds and public awareness.. in your community to benefit children in foster care and to fight child abuse and neglect.. Raise awareness through presentations.. to your faith-based congregation, civic group, PTA or other neighborhood associations.. Encourage your community to come together to identify families and resources that help young people in foster care thrive.. , click Get Involved, “Toolkit” and then Support.. Send a care package.. to an alumnus of foster care who is attending college or donate goods such as suitcases, books, games, computers, sports equipment, musical instruments, clothing and school supplies to young people in foster care.. , click on What You Can Do.. Camellia Network..

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  • Title: Weeks
    Descriptive info: Weeks.. If You Have Few Weeks.. Become a respite care provider.. to support foster families in your community.. Tutor a child in foster care.. Too often, they must change schools (or have social/behavioral challenges to overcome), and would benefit greatly from extra academic support.. Contact local foster care agencies, Boys and Girls Clubs, YMCAs and YWCAs to ask about how to become a volunteer tutor.. Help young people in foster care become leaders.. by organizing a youth leadership or support group.. Collaborate with National Foster Care Month partners.. and local child welfare agencies to develop marketing promotions for  ...   care.. Ask your company to distribute the Change a Lifetime menu of ways to get involved for hang a Change a Lifetime campaign poster in your place of business to educate and involve employees and customers.. The brochure and poster are available for order in limited quantities or download.. Help youth in foster care gain employment skills.. or find a job by contacting the Independent Living Program in your area or visit any of the websites below:.. America's Career Infonet.. America's Job Bank.. America's Service Locator.. Career One Stop.. Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative.. Occupational Information Network.. YouthRules!..

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  • Title: More Time
    Descriptive info: If You Have More Time.. Become a foster or adoptive parent.. Caring families are especially needed for older youth, siblings and children with special needs.. , click Get Involved and Provide Care.. National Resource Center for Permanency and Family Connections: State Foster Care Contacts.. Foster Family-based Treatment Association provides a list of foster care agencies across North America.. Search for agencies in your area.. Mentor a young person.. Research shows that children and youth with mentors earn higher grades and improve their relationships with  ...   difference in the world, especially for older youth leaving the foster.. care system.. Become a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA).. CASA volunteers are trained citizens appointed by judges to represent the best interests of abused.. and neglected children.. National CASA.. Dedicate yourself to a career that helps children and families.. Become a professional social worker.. Stay informed year-round.. Become a member of the National Foster Care Coalition and join leading child welfare agencies and individuals to improve the lives of youth in foster care..

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  • Title: Toolkit
    Descriptive info: Visit the NFCM Online Store.. to order your free Foster Care Month Pins and Ribbons (while supplies last).. Each May, a partnership of the nation’s leading child welfare organizations presents National Foster Care Month to help raise awareness and secure more support for children and youth in foster care throughout the entire year.. The Toolkit offers some practical ideas, tips and easy-to-use templates to get you started with your planning process.. We hope these materials will help you leverage available resources and the increased visibility made possible through the national campaign..  ...   NATIONAL CAMPAIGN.. Learn more about the national awareness and call-to-action effort.. RECOGNIZE.. Honor and recognize the work of people making a difference in the lives of children and youth in foster care.. PROMOTE.. Spread the word about National Foster Care Month and the year-round needs of youth in out-of-home care.. SUPPORT.. Recruit more support for children in foster care from different segments of your community including faith-based groups, teachers and educators, librarians and businesses.. WORKING WITH MEDIA.. Get pointers for pitching foster care stories, events and other activities to the local media..

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