May is National Foster Care Month
May is National Foster Care Month, a month set aside to acknowledge
foster parents, family members, volunteers, mentors, policymakers, child
welfare professionals, and other members of the community who help
children and youth in foster care find permanent homes and connections.
During National Foster Care Month, we renew our commitment to ensuring a
bright future for the nearly 400,000 children and youth in foster care,
and we celebrate all those who make a meaningful difference in their
lives. Read the Presidential Proclamation
In Alaska there are over 2,400 children and youth in foster care. Governor Walker has proclaimed May as Foster Parent Appreciation Month in recognition of the important role of foster parents in Alaska's child protection system. Read the Governor's proclamation
Want to get involved?
Fostering Futures Alaska
With the support of a grant from the National CASA Association
we are launching a new initiative, Fostering Futures Alaska
, to train and equip CASA volunteers throughout the state to specialize in working with youth at risk of "aging out" of the child welfare system.
The Fostering Futures
program engages CASA volunteers as advocates for and advisors to foster youth ages 14 – 21. The program is built around the framework of the Fostering Connections to Success Act, to help youth identify supportive, lifelong adult connections, and to develop specific plans for their transition to become independent, successful adults. A key principle of the training and work with older youth is the "possible selves” model, based on research out of the University of Michigan, to help young people achieve their full potential.
To learn how YOU can become a Fostering Futures
volunteer, visit the Fostering Futures Alaska webpage
Volunteer Your Time to Change a Child's Life
longs for a safe and loving family more than a child in foster care. As
a CASA volunteer, you are empowered to help make this
dream a reality. You will be the one consistent adult in these
children’s lives, vigilantly fighting for and protecting their
fundamental right to be treated with the dignity and respect every child
deserves. You will not only bring positive change to the lives of these
vulnerable children, but also their children and generations to come.
And in doing so, you will enrich your life as well.
Programs around the state are looking for responsible adults who want to make a difference in the life of a foster youth. Click here for more information, or use the Volunteer tab at the top of the page to find a local program near you.