National Foster Care Month honors caregivers
May is National Foster Care Month, and PCSAO is pleased to recognize a critical component of Ohio’s child protection system: foster parents!
Foster parents must complete rigorous training and background checks, welcome children into their homes in the middle of the night, work with primary parents toward reunification, and sometimes even adopt children when parental rights are terminated. And they do all of this for very little compensation.
According to Ohio’s child welfare director, Jennifer Justice, the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS) is joining Governor John R. Kasich in recognizing and celebrating Ohio’s caregivers for their “kindness and generosity in caring for children whose parents cannot.” The Governor issued a proclamation to mark the month.
This year’s observance focuses on Honoring, Uniting, and Celebrating Families, according to Justice. “During the month of May, we renew our commitment to ensuring a bright future for Ohio’s children and youth in foster care,” she said. “Ideally, all children will find permanent, loving homes. When that doesn’t happen, our goal is to make their experience in foster care the best it can be.”
Resources available to celebrate National Foster Care Month include:
- Resources and campaign materials at the Child Welfare Information Gateway
- National Facebook page
- Ohio Family Care Association 40th annual Resource Family Conference June 10-11 in Columbus
- National Foster Care Conference in Orlando, FL, May 25-27
To become a foster parent, contact your county children services agency using our directory.
If you are aware of other resources, please share.