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May Is Foster Care Month

5/3/2005:   Nationwide, there are 523,000 children and youth in foster care. This gives us 523,000 reasons to get involved in National Foster Care Month. Each year in May, National Foster Care Month spotlights the needs of children and youth in foster care and honors the compassionate people who make a difference in their lives. With outstretched arms and open hearts, 174,000 licensed kinship and nonrelative foster families provide loving homes for children when their own parents are unable to care for them. Foster families offer much more than the temporary shelter of four walls and a roof. They take on one of the greatest challenges our society generates--restoring a sense of hope and stability in the lives of young people whose families are in crisis.

Visit www.cwla.org/programs/fostercare/fostercaremonth.htm and www.fostercaremonth.org to learn how you can get involved in National Foster Care Month activities, such as participating in a ribbon campaign, helping a foster care program in your state, or getting ideas about foster family recognition events.

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