May is dedicated to raising awareness and support for the more than 400,000 children and youth in the foster care system in the US. In Kansas, about 6,800 children enter foster care each year. During the month, there are plenty of ways you can get involved and make differences in the lives of children and families in need.
Volunteering at your local child welfare organization provides a huge help to social workers, children and families. Volunteers play an integral role in foster care by providing temporary care for children, organizing fun events for children and much more. And volunteering doesn’t just help others – it makes you healthier! Plus, volunteers with different skill sets are welcome to help out. Are you a good teacher? Enjoy entertaining? Good at building things? There are as many types of volunteering as there are jobs. You can be creative in whichever way you choose. Check out upcoming volunteer opportunities or let us know how you’d like to volunteer!
Donations can accomplish wonderful things for children and families in need. Joining a soccer team, taking piano lessons or purchasing a scout uniform may not be a possibility for some children in foster care. Donations make these things possible, and most organizations will accept several types of donations. This includes toys, clothes, school supplies – you name it. Also, did you know that donating can boost your motivation and make you better at budgeting? Visit our donate page to learn more.
3. Become a Foster Parent
Across the country, there is a growing need for people to become foster parents. Fostering provides a child who has experienced abuse or neglect with a stable, loving environment. It also gives you an opportunity to grow emotionally, spiritually and mentally as you teach life skills to a child and work towards reunification with the birth family. Most parents who’ve decided to foster agree that it enriches their lives. Click here to learn more about fostering!
Click the banner below to learn about real foster parents and how fostering has made positive differences in their lives!
4. Spread the Word
Another great way to show your support during National Foster Care Month is to get social! You can help by:
- Sharing foster care articles on Facebook, Twitter and other social media platforms. We have several you can share here. Use the hashtag #fostercaremonth and you’re all set!
- Referring someone who is interested in being a foster parent. Refer them to this page, and you’ll receive a referral bonus when they become licensed!
- Getting involved in upcoming events.