Three Ways to Support Families during Foster Care Awareness Month
May is Foster Care Awareness Month. Most of us see foster care from a distance. May is the perfect time to look a little closer and offer your support. “There is a place for everyone to become involved in supporting the foster youth and their families in our community. Whether that may be by opening your home and becoming a foster family; being a support for another current foster family by helping with childcare or providing a meal on a busy night; or even donating supplies or your time to your local foster care agency-there is always a way you can show your support,” says Kristi Breighner, Caseworker with the foster care agency Every Child Inc.

Foster Care exists to provide children a safe space and parents tools to address challenges. The goal of foster care is always reunification, equipping parents with resources so that they can be healthy parents in strong families. In the interim, foster parents provide crucial support for children during the disruption to their family life. Here are three ways you can help:

  1. Learn more. The book Maybe Days is intended for kids in foster care, but it answers a lot of questions the rest of us have about foster care, with a tone of respect and empathy. Read the book with your children and talk about simple ways you can extend kindness to kids whose families may be going through turbulent times.
  2. Provide resources. The Shaler Area School District hosts the Backpack Initiative, which supplies students with food in a discrete setting. Contact Maryann Swartz to donate. Invite your children to be part of picking out supplies and dropping them off.
  3. Open your home. This month will be the time that some families begin the journey toward fostering. There are different levels of fostering, from long-term care to short-term care, such as weekends (respite care). Becoming a licensed foster home requires a significant time commitment, but it is an investment in the well-being of children, families, and your community. Most foster agencies host informational sessions where you can understand the options.

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