Don’t miss this op-ed by Irene Clements and the National Foster Parent Association highlighting the importance of foster parents in helping both children and families in the Chronicle of Social Change.

For the first time ever, on Tuesday the U.S. Senate passed a resolution that designates May 31 as National Foster Appreciation Parent Day to honor the many critical contributions of foster parents as part of our safety net for vulnerable children.

As Irene writes, “Unfortunately, we lose too many of our quality foster families. Nearly half of foster parents quit in their first year of fostering due to lack of support, poor communication with caseworkers, insufficient training to address child’s needs and lack of say in the child’s well-being.”

We can better support foster parents by improving our policies and partnering with them! What a wonderful way to celebrate National Foster Care Month.  Read the op-ed here.


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