They say April showers bring May flowers, but this year nearly 600,000 kids are counting on good-hearted Americans to become foster parents and help them blossom. Across the nation, the need for foster homes is rapidly increasing as more and more children need temporary or permanent alternatives because of abuse, neglect, or other family crises. More than 600,000 children nationwide currently need foster homes, but the number of foster homes falls short of meeting the need. A supportive, caring foster family can give them a sanctuary where they can be safe, can heal from their emotional scars, and can experience a sense of home and family they may never have had before. The face of foster care is changing, with older children, youngsters with disabilities, and kids who not only need a loving home but help to overcome crises such as abuse.
“The shortage of foster homes across the nation leaves more and more children deprived of the tender loving care that every child needs and deserves,” said Dr. Lorrie Henderson, KidsPeace Acting President. “If more Americans get involved we can all make sure that every child who needs a second chance at happiness can get one.”
National Foster Care Awareness Month seeks to raise awareness about the magnitude of the issue and the urgent and sustaining needs of children and older youth in foster care and their families; Issue a national call to action that motivates, inspires and facilitates many more Americans to come forward and help change a lifetime for a young person in foster care; and, develop a positive framework for maintaining visibility and interest in the foster care issue to support the year-round efforts of the National Foster Care Month Partner organizations and other child welfare agencies. National Foster Care Month also gives provides an opportunity for acknowledging the thousands of dedicated foster families and other caring individuals and organizations who are already supporting these young people.
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