National Foster Care Month is an opportunity to bring attention to foster care. This year's theme is, "It's All Relative: Supporting Kinship Connections."
Family connections are important for foster youth. Maintaining kinship connections gives foster youth a sense of identity and belonging. However, Virginia ranks first among all states in the percentage of youth who age out of foster care with no permanent family.* In Virginia, 75 percent of foster children will not maintain contact with a sibling.** Our mission partner, Lutheran Family Services of Virginia (LFSVA) is committed to finding loving, permanent connections for our foster youth.
Here are a few things you can do to make an impact during National Foster Care Month:
To learn more about LFSVA's Treatment Foster Care and Adoption Program,
*Kids Count Data Center, Annie E. Casey Foundation
**Jim Casey Youth Initiatives, Virginia Performs, National Center for Youth Law and Children’s Aid Society, Virginia Department of Social Services