Each May, National Foster Care Month highlights the need for every child to have a safe, loving home. It’s a time to reflect on the challenges faced by the more than 400,000 children in foster care and acknowledge the many child welfare professionals, social workers, therapists and individuals in the community working together to help them have a bright future. At The MENTOR Network, Foster Care Month is also an opportunity to thank our caring foster parents and Host Home providers, who we call Mentors, for their dedication to the people they serve.
“Foster parents make a difference each day for the children they serve,” said Patti Maguire, Vice President of The MENTOR Network’s Child and Family Services Center of Excellence. “They don’t just open their homes. They provide much-needed emotional support, stability and a sense of family belonging to children who have been through difficult experiences. They are an essential part of the healing process, and they deserve our thanks.”
All month long, programs across The Network are honoring foster parents through recognition dinners, family picnics and other special events. Here are a few of the events happening this month:
Massachusetts MENTOR kicked off Foster Care Month with a Mentor recognition dinner on May 5 in Peabody, followed by other events across the state:
- The Lawrence program hosted an appreciation dinner for Mentors on May 11.
- The Hyannis program served their Mentors breakfast on May 16.
- The Worcester children’s program delivered flowers to all of their Mentors and will host an appreciation luncheon on May 25.
Ohio MENTOR hosted an Open House on May 23 in Canton to recognize current Mentors and provide an opportunity for people to learn more about becoming a Mentor.
Pennsylvania MENTOR hosted a Mentor appreciation picnic at the Harrisburg Senators baseball game on May 22.
While May is National Foster Care Month, The Network and its partners recognize the life-changing contributions of our foster parents and Host Home providers all year.
- In February, Arizona MENTOR’s Host Home program held its sixteenth-annual Recognition Day Festival, attended by more than 150 staff, Mentors, individuals served, their guardians and family members. The event featured a potluck dinner and a cakewalk.
- Pennsylvania MENTOR will host a foster parent appreciation and new foster parent welcome event in Canfield on June 16. The Pennsylvania team will also host a day of fun at Knoebels Amusement Park in Elysburg on June 17 for Mentors and their families.
- Massachusetts MENTOR will host a Mentor appreciation luncheon in Boston on June 17.
If you are interested in becoming a foster parent, please visit our website makeadifferenceathome.com to learn more.
For more information on Foster Care Awareness Month, please visit FosterCareMonth.Org.