May is National Foster Care Awareness Month

April 22, 2013

An estimated 408,000 children and youth are in the foster care system. Thanks to dedicated advocates, child welfare professionals, and various groups throughout the country, the number has decreased in recent years, but more help is needed. This May, National Foster Care Month raises awareness about the needs of these children and encourages more citizens to get involved. Americans are challenged to join together to help "change a lifetime" of a child or youth in foster care. Click here to visit FosterCareMonth.org to read more and find out how you can get involved.

The National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ) provides judges and court professionals with much needed resources on foster care. As part of the National Working Group on Foster Care and Education, the NCJFCJ is committed to heightening awareness of the educational needs of children and youth in care to promote promising practices and reforms in education, child welfare, and the court systems. Additionally, the NCJFCJ is actively working to reduce the over-representation of children of color and the disparate treatment they and their families experience in the foster care system. To learn more about our work in the foster care system, click here. NCJFCJ also has a number of publications about permanency planning and legal orphans. To view the list of available resources, click here.
 
The NCJFCJ relies on grant funds and individual donations to support its mission to improve court practice furthering our efforts to improve the foster care system. Click here and make a donation today. Imagine the possibilities.
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