Foster Parent Appreciation
Join in Celebrating National Foster Parent Appreciation Day - May 31
Ideas for Recognizing Foster Parents
See this list of ideas for ways that child welfare agencies, legislators and other community-based organizations can show support for foster parents in their communities. Ideas include:
- Issue a proclamation to recognize foster parents for their many contributions (see sample proclamation)
- Host a special event, such as a banquet with dinner and dancing, to recognize foster parents and families; include an awards ceremony.
- Enlist civic organizations to plan programs to recognize the contribution of foster parents and families.
- Send thank you notes to foster families.
- Share success stories of foster families in your organization’s communications.
See full list of ideas here.
May is a time to focus attention nationally on the needs of children in foster care and recognize that many people who support their well-being. This year, the Congressional resolution to designate May as National Foster Care Month also establishes National Foster Parent Appreciation Day on May 31. One way state and local leaders can show support for foster parents is by issuing a proclamation. We provide a sample proclamation here. It includes phrases such as:
WHEREAS, children are key to our community’s future success, prosperity and quality of life; and
WHEREAS, children have a right to thrive, learn and grow in a safe and loving environment; and
WHEREAS, foster parents, including kinship caregivers, provide the love, safety and stability that children need in order to overcome past traumatic experiences in order to reach their full potential; and …..
Download the sample proclamation here.
use social media to Give a shout out to amazing foster parents
Spread the word on Twitter or Facebook about foster parent appreciation. Join a Tweetstorm on May 31, National Foster Parent Appreciation Day, using #NationalFosterCareMonth and #ThanksFosterParents. Have a special event or focus in your state? Highlight it in your posts. Know a special foster parent who’s shared his or her experience on Twitter? Tag that person in your posts. Below are some sample posts. See here for additional examples.
All kids do best in families. We join in celebrating all amazing families: birth, foster, kin, adoptive. #NationalFosterCareMonth #ThanksFosterParents
We salute public officials, community orgs & businesses that support foster parents. By helping foster parents, we help kids succeed. #NationalFosterCareMonth #ThanksFosterParents
More sample tweets available here.
Read about Foster Parent appreciation Events
See the CHAMPS Blog for posts about how states and communities are celebrating foster parents. For example, read about Alaska’s Governor Bill Walker issuing a proclamation in early May encouraging “All Alaskans to recognize and celebrate foster parents in their communities and to consider whether they can help care for some of the most vulnerable members of our society by becoming a foster parent.”
may is national foster care month
The Children’s Bureau, within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services publishes a wide range of resources related to National Foster Care Month on a dedicated website. There are many wonderful “real life” stories shared through narrative and video. There are also resources for birth parents, youth and professionals, as well as many resources geared for foster parents, available here, such as tip sheets and guides.
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CHAMPS will continue to promote foster parent appreciation and publicize the exciting ways that communities are recognizing amazing foster families around the country.
Sign the Pledge
Sign the pledge to show your support for today’s amazing foster parents and the importance of quality foster parenting.
We invite you to get involved in CHAMPS and be part of building bright futures for kids in foster care.