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Foster Care Frequently Asked Question #7

Published: September 16, 2012
Foster Care


What/when is National Foster Care Month?


National Foster Care Month, recognized in May each year, has evolved over the years. Starting in 1988 and during each year of his tenure, President George H.W. Bush issued annual proclamations in recognition of National Foster Care Month to show appreciation and gratitude to foster parents across the nation.

While the purpose of National Foster Care Month continues to evolve based on the needs of the time, current activities focus on increasing the visibility of the needs of children and youth in foster care and the need for proactive involvement by individuals, agencies, and organizations to ensure continued support for children and families yearlong.

The Children’s Bureau, Administration for Children and Families (ACF), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), is the Federal agency that seeks to provide for the safety, permanency and well being of children through leadership, support for necessary services, and productive partnerships with States, Tribes and communities. Foster care is a part of the constellation of services provided to children and families. The intent of foster care is to provide a safe environment for children and youth who temporarily cannot live with their families.

For more information and resources on programs and practices that promote permanency for children and youth, as well as information on special Foster Care Month initiatives, please visit the website of Child Welfare Information Gateway, an information and referral service of the Children’s Bureau, at http://www.childwelfare.gov/fostercaremonth/.

For information on how people across the nation can get involved, as foster parents, volunteers, mentors, employers, or in other ways, visit www.fostercaremonth.org