According to The National Foster Care Month Partnership there are more than 400,000 children and adolescents in foster care in the United States. Each May, National Foster Care Month provides an opportunity to shed light on the issues facing these youth and the urgent need to ensure that all children have a safe, stable place to call home. In addition, it is a time to recognize foster parents, social workers, health and human services professionals and countless others who strive to help children in foster care lead healthy, stable lives. For The MENTOR Network, Foster Care Month also provides an opportunity to recognize and thank all of our foster parents, as well as our Host Home providers, who we call Mentors.
“We are honored to recognize the amazing women and men who provide loving, stable homes to the youth we serve across The Network. Through their dedication, compassion and commitment, they are changing lives every day,” said Bruce Nardella, The MENTOR Network’s President and Chief Executive Officer.
Programs across The Network are honoring foster parents and host home providers throughout month with special events and recognition activities. Here is a snapshot of some of the inspiring events taking place:
- New Jersey MENTOR is beginning the month by sending appreciation letters to all of their Mentors, thanking them for their dedication to the individuals they support. Foster parents and host home providers will also be invited to a large appreciation luncheon the first week in June.
- REM Iowa is recognizing their host home providers during Foster Care Month with an appreciation dinner on May 15. Mentors, their families and the individuals they support are invited to enjoy a catered dinner at a local hotel. The program will feature comments from several individuals served about their Mentors and Mentor families, and each Mentor will receive a flower pot made by the individual they serve.
- Among the events being hosted by Massachusetts MENTOR in recognition of Foster Care Month is a red carpet-themed lunch for foster parents in the Lawrence program. The lunch will take place at a local technical high school which has an on-site restaurant and function facility. Students from the high school will be preparing and serving the parents lunch as part of the appreciation event.
- Illinois MENTOR is also doing several events to honor their Mentor’s throughout May and June. The Swansea program is holding a picnic on May 16, and the Rockford program will hold one for their Mentor’s on May 31. The Marion program is hosting a pool party for Mentors, their families and the youth they support on June 28. During the party each Mentor will receive special recognition for their continued support of youth in need.
If you are interested in becoming a Mentor, or know someone who might, visit our website makeadifferenceathome.com.
For more information on Foster Care Awareness Month, please visit FosterCareMonth.Org.