Every state in the United States has children and teens in the foster care system. These young people belong to all of us. May is National Foster Care Month. Let’s show that we care.
National Foster Care Month Core Messages:
- The Magnitude – on any given day there are more than 400,000 children in foster care.
- The Need – every child needs at least one permanent connection with a caring, trusted adult
- The Faces of Foster Care – a disproportionate number of children in foster care are children of color but children of race, ethnicity, culture and age group are a part of the child welfare system
- The Consequences – youth who age out of the system are more likely to experience a variety of negative consequences including homelessness and prison
- The Priority – older youth aging out of the foster care system without a permanent family and the life skills to become stable and economically self-sufficient adults
- The Solution – caring people getting involved by becoming foster parents, kinship caregivers, mentors, advocates, child welfare workers and volunteers
- The Call To Action – more people just like me and you are needed to come forward to help change the life of a child
We will continue to highlight the great work of various agencies, individuals, and publications throughout National Foster Care Month.
(Part II) THANK YOU:
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Nicki Sanders, MSW, Chief Visionary Officer
The Teen Toolbox utilizes youth portfolio development and civic engagement and academic empowerment strategies to help teens set goals for life after high school and create a road map to reach those goals through its PACKAGED FOR SUCCESS™ Programs. We are committed to supporting and raising awareness about the needs and potential of teenagers in the foster care system.
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