A local agency is hosting 2 open houses during May. May is National Foster Care Month and many foster agencies across the nation are increasing their foster education outreach in many communities. The overall goal is to express the need for qualified foster parents.
In the Birmingham metro area, Gateway is holding two open houses aimed at introducing and educating adults about the fostering process.
The national foster care month campaign raises awareness about the urgent needs of children in the foster system and encourages citizens from every walk of life to get involved – as foster or adoptive parents, volunteers, mentors, employers or in other ways.
According the latest data on Fostercaremonth.org, "every year approximately 26,200 young people leave the foster care system without lifelong families – most at age 18."
Below is a media release outlining Gateway's open house information.
Re: Foster Care Awareness Month-Open Houses
When: May 13, 2013 at 5:30pm at Gateway-Shelby County Office
333 Business Circle, Pelham, AL 3524
May 14, 2013 at 5:30pm at Gateway-Birmingham Office
1401 20th Street South, Birmingham, AL 35205
NOTE: Each May, National Foster Care Month provides an opportunity to shine a light on the experiences of the more than 380,000 children and youth under 18 in the foster care system. The campaign raises awareness about the urgent needs of these young people and encourages citizens from every walk of life to get involved - as foster or adoptive parents, volunteers, mentors, employers or in other ways. With the help of dedicated people, many formerly abused or neglected children and teens will either reunite safely with their parents, be cared for by relatives or be adopted by loving families.
Over 500 children are in foster care in Jefferson County and the need for foster parents in our community is great. Many of these children served have experienced abuse and or neglect and are in need of loving, nurturing foster parents.
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