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National Family Month 2008 Themes

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2008’s National Family Month’s themes are:

HONORING AMERICA’S GRANDPARENTS
Few people are aware of a recent startling shift in family dynamics, but grandparents are the
primary caregivers for nearly six million children in this country – and the numbers are growing.
In fact, 75 percent of all non-parental care of children in America is now provided by
grandparents. To focus the nation’s attention on this phenomenon and provide grandparents with
the recognition they deserve, the national children’s charity KidsPeace, Humana, Mattel, Beaches
Resorts and GRAND Magazine are launching the third annual national search for an example of
extraordinary care worthy of the title of GRANDparent of the Year. Any member of the
American public can nominate a GRANDparent of the Year.  Nominating forms are available in
the May/June issue of GRAND Magazine and online at www.grandmagazine.com. Children
should use the kid-safe site www.grandcontest.com.

OPENING YOUR HEART AND YOUR HOME TO A CHILD IN NEED
Got extra love to share? Think about creating a family or expanding the one you’ve got. May is
also National Foster Care Awareness Month and more than 600,000 children nationwide currently
need foster homes. Unfortunately, the number of foster homes falls far short of meeting the need. 
A supportive, caring foster family can give kids a sanctuary where they can be safe, heal from
their emotional scars, and 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. To learn more about foster care and adoption.


KEEPING THE FAMILY MEMBERS YOU ALREADY HAVE AND LOVE SAFE
Americans work hard to protect their children, but child abuse and neglect remain at unacceptably
high levels with nearly 900,000 U.S. youngsters hurt each year. Since many of even the best-intentioned parents don’t know how to prevent abuse and the conditions under which it may come about, the 125-year-old national children’s crisis charity KidsPeace is offering free downloadable information packets. Get two dozen simple yet effective tips to make your home safe, give your child trust and build communication, give your child independence, and give your child self-esteem.

11th Annual Soccer Invitational

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11th Annual KidsPeace Soccer Invitational
August 23-24, 2008 |  Orefield, PA

An exciting weekend of fun for the whole family! Now accepting team registrations.  Application deadline: July 21, 2008

Learn More. 

Celebrate National Family Month!

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National Family Month is an important step toward building a nation of confident kids and growing stronger and healthier families. KidsPeace created this special month-long celebration to raise awareness and underscore the importance of family -- kids, mothers, fathers, relatives and caregivers -- and to encourage supporting one another. Child-development experts have described "family" as "someone who has a strong emotional attachment to another." National Family Month provides an opportunity for families to share special time together, to develop or renew relationships, identify or rediscover needs, to remind everyone of the importance of family involvement in raising healthy, confident kids for America's future. Learn more. 

This May, it's the kids who are blossoming

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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.

Learn more about KidsPeace Foster Care

 
   
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