Top 5 Ways to Celebrate National Foster Care Month

May 3, 2017

May is such a beautiful time of year, the flowers are blooming, the sun is shining, the birds are singing and you are starting to feel that summer happiness coming on! With all the sunshine and happiness that May brings is no wonder why it’s also National Foster Care Month!

National Foster Care month is the perfect time to acknowledge all the amazing foster parents, family member, volunteers, mentors, social workers and other members of a very dedicated community who make it their mission to support and care for children when they are at their most vulnerable. It is also an amazing time to spread the word about the enormous need our community has for more foster parents.

A Little History

National Foster Care Month was originally National Action for Foster Children Week which was is established in 1972 by President Nixon. Sixteen years later in 1988, President Reagan established May as National Foster Care month. Rebekah Children’s Services had already been working with this population for over 90 years before the first National Foster Care Month took place!

How to Celebrate

The ways to celebrate are an endless list of fun ways to celebrate but here are our top 5!

  1. Give your favorite foster parent a night out! Offer to babysit, make dinner and send them on their way for a well-deserved break.
  2. Visit Rita’s of Campbell, bring a donation and treat yourself to a delicious Italian Ice. They are collecting donations (e.g., art supplies, backpacks, sport balls) for foster kids at Rebekah Children's Services.
  3. Surprise your favorite social worker. Whether it’s a card, picture, cupcake or some afternoon caffeine, saying "Thank you" to a Foster Care social work will really make their day!
  4. Spread the word. Blog, tweet, post, even carrier pigeon! Tell people about National Foster Care Month and the increased need for more foster families in our communities.
  5. Join us for our first Annual Mother’s Day Walk for Foster Youth! Spend the morning at Gilroy Gardens and raise awareness for foster kids in your community. Register at www.rcskids.org/walk.