Recognized as National Foster Care Month, May turns focus to…

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Recognized as National Foster Care Month, May turns focus to the over 400,000 youth in the foster care system, a great many of whom will age out of the system without dependable support in place. At the core of the campaign is the goal to ensure that children and youth who are leaving the foster care system have sustained a meaningful relationship with an adult who will be a supportive presence when “facing life’s challenges.” According to the website for the awareness month, “young people who age out of foster care are far more likely than their peers…to endure homelessness, poverty, compromised mental and physical health, insufficient education, unemployment, incarceration, and early pregnancy and parenthood.” The effort is focused on establishing consistency in the lives of the hundreds of thousands of children in foster care.

Among child welfare agencies, The Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) is highly regarded for its services for youth who are aging out of foster care. For those youth and families in need of services, for those who are aging out of foster care, or for those with questions about foster care, 1-800-RUNAWAY is always available to you.

– Colin