National Foster Care Month 2017



May is National Foster Care Month, a month set aside to acknowledge foster parents, family members, volunteers, mentors, policymakers, child welfare professionals, and other members of the community who help children and youth in foster care find permanent homes and connections. National Foster Care Month, is a time for foster care advocates to renew our commitment to ensuring a bright future for the more than 400,000 children and youth in foster care. It is also a time to celebrate all those who make a meaningful difference in their lives.


The Children’s Bureau, within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, funds the National Foster Care Month initiative each May through a partnership with Child Welfare Information Gateway.


Our Annual Pack A Backpack™ Drive began April 1, 2017 and will end on May 5, 2017. There is still time to donate backpacks (and duffel bags) and personal hygiene items for teen boys in foster homes, group homes, and homeless shelters. Backpacks will be delivered during National Foster Care Month.


We are only accepting new and gently used backpacks and only new personal hygiene items. New personal hygiene items for teen boys needed: toothbrush, toothpaste, mouthwash, hand sanitizer, deodorant, soap, and lotion.


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