May Is National Foster Care Month

Updated May 22, 2023 | Posted May 1, 2018
By the Annie E. Casey Foundation
Young Black child smiles while sitting on a porch with an adult male of color.

For 31 days each year, the nation’s atten­tion shifts to focus on the sto­ries of chil­dren and fam­i­lies whose lives have been affect­ed by fos­ter care.

The piv­ot is inten­tion­al — and dates back to 1988 when Pres­i­dent Ronald Rea­gan issued a procla­ma­tion estab­lish­ing May as Nation­al Fos­ter Care Month. Today, this prece­dent endures. It rec­og­nizes the needs of kids and youth in fos­ter care and cel­e­brates the many sup­port­ers who are mak­ing a pow­er­ful and pos­i­tive dif­fer­ence in their lives. 

This May, in hon­or of Nation­al Fos­ter Care Month, the Annie E. Casey Foun­da­tion is shar­ing select facts about fos­ter care in Amer­i­ca. The lat­est research tells us that: 

For hun­dreds of Amer­i­cans, the focus on fos­ter care does not fade after the month of May. To help sup­port three groups who nav­i­gate the sys­tem every day — kids in care, fos­ter par­ents and child wel­fare pro­fes­sion­als — the Annie E. Casey Foun­da­tion funds pro­grams and research, tracks data, advo­cates for effec­tive poli­cies and com­piles key resources.

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