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Raising Awareness of Foster Care Children

Raising Awareness of Foster Care Children

Published: May 23, 2018

Committing to become a foster parent is an incredibly selfless act, and there are many, many children eager to find a stable home and active, concerned adults who will prioritize their best interests.

May is National Foster Care Month, which is a time to recognize all the people who advocate for children and work diligently to find them permanent homes and relationships. With more than 430,000 kids and youth in foster care, it’s work that is vitally important.

To help the cause, the Library is hosting a Foster Care Informational Meeting on Tuesday, May 29 at 6:30 pm at the Southwest Branch Library in Mountain View.

At the meeting, Cassandra Rising, family recruitment specialist with the Children’s Home Society of North Carolina, will join other foster care workers and parents to discuss what’s required to become a foster parent and how to help children in the foster care system. If you’ve been considering the idea or just crave more details about what you would need to do, stop by to see what might be possible for you and your family. Door prizes and refreshments will be provided.

Throughout May, the Library has also been involved in an effort to create birthday cards for foster care kids. We’ve equipped a station in the Main Library in Newton with supplies for creating homemade birthday cards and invited anyone to come and craft a sweet acknowledgement for a child or teen who may not otherwise receive recognition on his or her special day.

The Newton station (in Youth Services) remains open at the Main Library in Newton and will be joined by a counterpart at the Claremont Branch Library for the week of May 25-31.

We’ve had the pleasure of seeing both kids and adults create cards and really take the time to produce something heartfelt and beautiful. The cards that are made will be collected, matched to specific children, and then mailed to them as their birthday approaches. It’s an amazing gesture and one we hope everyone will take advantage of.

If you’d like to put together a card at home, you’re also welcome to drop it off at the library, and we’ll make sure it gets to a child who will be delighted to receive it!