It’s Foster Care Awareness Month

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Every child deserves a good home. May is National Foster Care Awareness month and at ALC Schools, we want to take a moment to recognize families who have selflessly provided children with a safe and stable place to call home.
There are over 407,000 children and youth in foster care, 34% of which have been placed with relatives or kin in an effort to provide them with a consistent and supportive home life. Having stability is critical for children as it will ultimately shape the perception they have of themselves, what they can achieve, the world around them, and contributes to their mental health and emotional development.
Trying to ensure every child has access to a safe and healthy home takes a village. Social workers, resource families, relatives and kin, agency staff and countless others in the foster care/adoption industry work so hard to protect our most vulnerable children every day. They do it because it’s the right thing to do, and with little to no expectations or recognition.
So, this month, let’s all take a moment to honor them, appreciate them, and show our gratitude for the work they do that impacts so many children each day.
There are many ways you can show your support of the foster care community that don’t require you to be a foster parent.
  1. Wear a blue ribbon. The blue ribbon is the official symbol for National Foster Care Awareness Month, and can be a great way to start a conversation and generate awareness of the invaluable service these people provide our nation’s youth.
  2. Become a mentor or a tutor: Committing to be a regular fixture, who wants to see them succeed, and help them do it, can have a massive impact on a child’s life.
  3. Donate your time: If you are a legal or psychological professional, consider doing some pro bono work for children and families in the foster care system.
  4. Start a donation center: Or just make a commitment to donate to one. Children in foster care often go without things the rest of us take for granted. A suitcase, a backpack, a prom dress or suit…These items will help the kids in the system establish a sense of normalcy through personal item ownership.
  5. Grant a wish: Because of the nomadic nature of the foster care system, kids often miss out on “normal” childhood experiences. Partner with an organization like One Simple Wish to grant children in foster care a wish.
 For more ways to get involved, go to https://www.fostercoalition.com/help-foster-children.

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