May 1, 2019

National Foster Care Month


May is National Foster Care Month, a time to acknowledge foster parents, family members, volunteers, mentors, policymakers, child welfare professionals, and other members of the community who help children and youth in foster care find permanent homes and connections.
In honor of National Foster Care Month, we would like to share facts about foster care in America. The latest research tells us that: 


  • A child enters foster care every two minutes.
  • More than 430,000 children and youth are in foster care on any given day.
  • Most kids in care (61%) enter the system due to neglect.
  • The average child in care is about 8 years old. 
  • Children spend, on average, 20 months in care.
  • Kids in care are predominantly white (44%) or African-American (23%).
  • One in every five kids in care is Hispanic or Latino (of any race). 
  • More than 117,000 children and youth are waiting to be adopted.
  • Nearly half (45%) of kids in care joined a household of non-relatives for their most recent placement. 
  • More than half (55%) of kids in care are seeking to reunite with their main parent or caretaker, according to their care plan goal.
  • Former foster children are almost twice as likely as combat veterans to suffer from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.


(cited from Annie E. Casey Foundation)



Foster Care Resources


Foster Care in Florida


Out of Home Publications


Quality Parenting Initiative (QPI) Website


Recently Added Resources:



A Movement to Transform Foster Parenting

Upcoming Events

Statewide Training: Florida’s Adoption Information & Independent Living Resource Centers Spring Training,
May 16-17, 2019, St. Petersburg, FL 33764


The Adoption Professionals track & Independent Living Professionals track will run concurrently over the dates of May 16th & 17th (a detailed agenda will be forthcoming).


The Adoption Track will cover topics related to:

  • Extended Maintenance Adoption Subsidy
  • Guardianship Assistance Program
  • Adoption Reports


The IL Track will cover topics related to:

  • Transition Planning
  • Extended Foster Care
  • Life Skills


Educational Opportunity for Adoptive Parents on Saturday, May 18, 2019


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