May is National Foster Care Month, when we pay special attention to the more than 400,000 children and youth in foster care. There’s an overwhelming need for individuals, families, and communities to become involved as foster parents, respite providers, volunteers, or mentors of children who need an adult role model.
Passport works very closely with the Kentucky Department of Community Based Services (DCBS) to help increase the adoption or placement of children in DCBS custody. DCBS Commissioner Adria Johnson recently said that DCBS moved children 5,558 times last year.
The National Foster Care Month website is full of resources to help support children, youth, and their families, especially those involved in foster care. Some ways to help include the following:
- Becoming a foster parent
- Volunteering as a court appointed special advocate (CASA) for children
- Being a mentor or “supportive adult” in a youth’s life
- Joining or hosting a fundraising event
- Donating services, goods, computers, etc. to older youth in foster care
- Lending a hand to help current foster parents and caregivers with their day-to-day needs
Visit the section dedicated to communities and take the opportunity to learn more about how to become a foster parent or find other ways to contribute to the positive development of children and youth involved with foster care. You can also join Passport on the National Foster Care Month Campaign Facebook page, which is open to all individuals, organizations, groups, or agencies with an interest in foster care. The page is your place to share, learn, and promote events, resources, stories, and photos celebrating National Foster Care Month.
For more information, contact Child Welfare Information Gateway at NFCM@childwelfare.gov or call (800) 394-3366.