May is National Foster Care Month
The Children’s Bureau’s National Foster Care Month 2023 theme is “Strengthening Minds. Uplifting Families.” They highlight the need to take a holistic and culturally responsive approach to supporting the mental health needs of those involved with child welfare.
Strengthening and Uplifting Utah’s Foster Families
Fostering community, connection, and care.
There are 2000+ children in foster care in Utah and licensed foster parents dedicate their days to helping them heal. The foster parent village relies on their community to help them continue their foster care journey. It truly takes a village and wouldn’t be possible without your support.
Foster parents feel uplifted in many ways. Here are some ideas for the community to show support for National Foster Care Month and beyond.
- Have a box of cookies delivered.
- Offer to get background checked to help provide respite when they need a break.
- Throw them a “baby shower” just as you would when any other friend expands their family! These children often come into foster homes with nothing but the clothes on their backs.
- Pull weeds or mow a lawn.
- Deliver a monthly meal
Don’t know a family but still want to help?
- Become a volunteer. You may even get to know some foster parents this way!
- Become a licensed foster parent.
- Help raise foster care awareness. @UtahFosterCare
- Donate to support programs for kids and families experiencing foster care.
Faces of Foster Care 2023
Honoring National Foster Care Month with stories of individuals connected to foster care: from former foster youth to community champions, from parents to foster parents.
Join us Wednesday, May 17th to hear from amazing individuals experiencing and showing up for foster care in one way or another. These courageous adults unite to share their unique experiences in hopes of building a community of support for local children in care.