• What can you do during National Foster Care Month?

    Date: 05.03.11 | by Judge Tom.

    Child abuse and neglect across the United States often results in the removal of children from their homes and placement in the foster care system. Approximately 400,000 children are currently in foster homes as of May, 2011, which is designated as National Foster Care Month.

    The White House issued a Proclamation on April, 29, 2011, recognizing the contributions of foster parents, social workers, and faith-based and community organizations. President Obama has called for permanency in the lives of all foster children and the 110,000 children waiting to be adopted.

    The Proclamation concluded with a call from the President for all of us to step up ”by taking an active role in activities across our country that recognize not only these cherished children and youth, but also the commitment of so many that touch their lives at a most challenging time.”

    National Foster Care Month.org

    This annual event began in 1988 and today has partners who support the effort to bring stability to the lives of all children including those aging out of the system (usually at 18). No matter how much time you have to give, you can do something positive that will change a lifetime for a young person in foster care. 

    For a schedule of events from California to Florida, take a look at this page and get involved.

    Judge Tom

    This post was written by Judge Tom. Judge Tom is the founder and moderator of AsktheJudge.info. He is a retired juvenile judge and spent 23 years on the bench. He has written several books for lawyers and judges as well as teens and parents including the recently published 'Teen Cyberbullying Investigated' (Free Spirit Publishing). When he's not answering teens' questions, Judge Tom can be found hiking, traveling and reading.

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    • Askthejudge.info
      Tue, 03 May 2011 at 05:20

      What can you do during National Foster Care Month? http://bit.ly/kvDqWs

    • Askthejudge.info
      Wed, 18 May 2011 at 01:19

      @RepKarenBass Here is more info re: what people can do to support youth in foster care during Ntl. Foster Care Mo. http://bit.ly/kvDqWs

    • Oklahoma City Divorce Attorney Matt Ingham
      Sun, 03 Jul 2011 at 11:56

      Foster care is beginning to become a ‘hot button’ issue in our society because of the high number of reported cases of abuse. I am very glad to see the President issue the Proclamation and the call to action. As a whole, our society is making strides forward to correct the decades long, dysfunctional foster care system.

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