National Foster Care Month Resources

National Foster Care Month Resources

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Written by C.A.S.E.
Published on: May 02, 2024
Category Foster Care

May is National Foster Care Month

Engaging Youth. Building Supports. Strengthening Opportunities.

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The Children’s Bureau’s National Foster Care Month campaign recognizes the important role that people from all parts of child welfare play in supporting children, youth, and families. This year’s theme highlights the need to create a child welfare system that authentically engages and supports young people who are preparing to leave foster care.

National Foster Care Month is an initiative of the Children’s Bureau. Each May, the community takes time to raise awareness of issues related to foster care and acknowledge the parents, family members, foster parents, child welfare and related professionals, mentors, policymakers, and other members of the community who help children and youth in foster care find permanent homes and connections.

Download National Foster Care Month Outreach Toolkit
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SYF WEBINAR: Foster Care Panel: Experts with Lived Experience Discuss Best Practices in the Foster Care System


Join us as we recognize National Foster Care Month by engaging in an impactful discussion about best practices in Foster Care with professionals with lived and policy advocacy experience within the foster care system.

Thursday, May 16, 2024 | 1:00PM – 2:30PM EST 

Extended Access Available May 16 – June 15, 2024

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Key Statistics

There are over 390,000 children and youth in foster care.*


Approximately 20,000 youth are emancipated from foster care without a permanent family.*


In 2021, 77 percent of eligible youth in foster care, ages 14–21 years old, left care without receiving the federally funded services necessary to prepare them for adulthood and independent living.*

*2021 AFCARS Report
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