May is National Foster Care Month across the nation. It is a time to recognize that everyone can play a part in enhancing the lives of children and youth in foster care. Starting in 1988, U.S. Presidents issued annual proclamations in recognition of National Foster Care Month to show appreciation and gratitude to foster parents. Maine is committed to ensuring all children grow up healthy and safe and would like to take time to show appreciation for the incredible role foster parents have in lifting up the children in their care.
The purpose of National Foster Care Month continues to evolve based on the needs of the time. Current activities focus on increasing the visibility of the needs of children and youth in foster care and highlighting how the child welfare system can prioritize foster care as a service to families and promote reunification.
Below are resources for schools and families about celebrating foster care month and about fostering and adopting children in Maine:
- Maine Governor Janet T. Mills Proclamation for Foster Care Month in Maine
- Information and resources about National Foster Care Month from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
- Resources and Information about Fostering and Adopting children in Maine from the Maine Department of Health and Human Services.