National Foster Care Month is a time to acknowledge the 423,000 American children and youth in foster care and the family members, foster parents, volunteers, mentors, child welfare professionals, and policymakers who help them find permanent homes and connections. (Youth.gov)
HOW YOU CAN HELP
Key Facts and Statistics
- There are over 423,000 children and youth in foster care. Over half have a case plan goal of reunification with their parents or primary caregiver.
- Juvenile and family court systems can influence whether children are reunified with their families or reenter care.
- Meaningful and appropriate involvement of youth in their court hearings and case planning greatly benefits all participants and leads to more favorable outcomes for families.
- Competent legal representation for parents is associated with the achievement of timely reunification.
- A strong support system of professionals and family can help young people address the challenges they face during their transition to adulthood. Virtual engagement tools can be used to establish and maintain that support system by enhancing connectedness for all involved.
- In addition to supporting brain development, encouraging young people to be active participants in planning their own lives supports the development of leadership skills, improves self-esteem, and helps form critical social connections.
What FAPAC Is Doing For National Foster Care Month
As a foster, kinship, and adoptive parents in Washington, D.C., we have incredible stories to share about our experience. During the month of May we will: