May is National Foster Care Month, designated to honor foster parents, family members, volunteers, mentors, policymakers, child welfare professionals, and other members of our communities who work to support children and youth in foster care to find permanent homes and connections. First proclaimed by President Nixon in 1972 as National Action for Foster Children Week to raise awareness of the needs of children in foster care and recruit more foster parents, this month-long campaign came out of the work of the Children’s Bureau formed in 1912 when foster care was still mainly in the hands of private and religious organizations. Later in 1988, President Reagan issued the first presidential proclamation that established May as National Foster Care Month as we have come to know it today.
National Foster Care Month, is aimed at renewing the commitment to secure bright futures for the more than 400,000 children and youth in foster care. and at celebrating all those who make a difference in their lives. There are many ways you can be involved in this year’s campaign of “Honoring, Uniting, And Celebrating Families.” For more information, check out these two links: