The Child Welfare Information Gateway alongside the Children’s Bureau recently released the Partners Outreach Toolkit 2022 for National Foster Care Month (NFCM) coming up this May. The toolkit provides social media content, digital branding tools, audience-specific email messages and more. While spreading the word about foster care is a year-round job, the toolkit also provides a suggested timeline so you and your team can plan your NFCM actions.
This year’s theme is “Relative and Kin Connections: Keeping Families Strong.” It highlights the important role that relative and kinship caregivers play in the child welfare system and the positive impact these relationships can have on maintaining family and cultural ties for children and youth in foster care. The National Foster Care Month Team is also emphasizing family finding and other child-specific recruitment strategies, best practices for culturally appropriate engagement, training and support for this specialized population, and the importance of licensing kin caregivers who understand their unique ability to partner with parents to support reunification.
If you have any questions, please contact NFCM@childwelfare.gov.