May is National Foster Care Month, a time to celebrate our current foster caregivers and their commitment to providing stable, loving homes for children and youth in foster care. We also use this time to raise awareness in our communities about the urgent need for additional foster caregivers across the state.
This year’s theme, “Strengthening Minds, Uplifting Families,” highlights the importance of supporting the mental health needs of those involved with the child welfare system in order to provide the best care for our children and youth. With over 11,500 children in foster care throughout the state, we understand that we cannot do this work alone. We want to ensure that the needs of each child are met through healthy families and support systems.
Here are a few ways you can get involved:
Find out how you can volunteer with your local DFCS county office to support the families in your community
Write an op-ed or letter to the editor for your local newspaper expressing the need for foster parents
Honor foster and adoptive parents in your community
Network online and share statistics and graphics to spread awareness
Visit fostergeorgia.com for more information
Children and youth in foster care need stable, nurturing environments until they can be reunited with their birth families or establish their forever family through adoption. This May, we’re calling on everyone to get involved, because it takes an entire village to support children and families in need.