May is National Foster Care Awareness month. We take this month to shine the light on the many children in foster care around the country and all the people involved with helping those children. This includes 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.
There are 44,000 children and youth in foster care according to the National Foster Care Month website. With such a large number of children in the child welfare system, foster homes are a constant need throughout the country. In Rock County, we have such a limited number of foster placements that children are sometimes placed hours away from their families and everything they know.
The Rock County Foster Care program works hard to spread the awareness and gain community support to help the children in Rock County. They are continuously doing fundraisers in the community to raise money and awareness for their foster care program. One amazing thing the Rock County Foster Care program did was have one of their 10 year-old foster child design apparel for their program! The design is shown below.
We all can play a part in enhancing the lives of children in foster care. Whether it is just spreading the word, becoming a foster parent, or being a CASA volunteer, everyone has the chance to change the life of a child! Most importantly, understand that these children enter foster care through no fault of their own and it not only effects the child but also everyone involved in their life. No one should face these challenges alone, do your part and join the conversation!
To learn more about National Foster Care Month visit: https://www.childwelfare.gov/fostercaremonth/