National Foster Care Month initiative looking for stories

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Thanks to Network faithful Jim Wotring for sharing yet another good example of the work coming out of the Georgetown Technical Assistance Center for Children's Mental Health.

  • Each year, the Children's Bureau's National Foster Care Month website features Real-Life Stories from families, youth, foster parents, caseworkers, and others involved with child welfare. These inspiring stories highlight the role each of us plays in enhancing the lives of children and youth in foster care.

    As a National Foster Care Month partner, the National Technical Assistance Center for Children's Mental Health is helping the Children's Bureau to find stories about supporting permanence through reunification, kinship care, guardianship, or adoption from foster care. They are interested in stories that highlight the diversity of the children, youth, families, and professionals involved in child welfare. In particular, we are looking for stories that illustrate best practices in planning for the appropriate placement of children and youth, especially for youth who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ); for pregnant and parenting adolescents; and for Tribal youth. 
  • If you are interested in sharing a story for this year's National Foster Care Month initiative, please contact Alex Shapiro, Child Welfare Specialist, at Child Welfare Information Gateway (ashapiro@childwelfare.gov) for detailed instructions by December 22. Stories must be submitted no later than January 7.

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