You may have noticed little light blue ribbons being worn around your city or seen them on social media each year during the month of May. These blue ribbons aim to increase awareness of National Foster Care Month, which the United States participates in every May.
In 1988, President Ronald Reagan issued the first Presidential Proclamation for National Foster Care Month, officially recognizing the month of awareness.
National Foster Care Month continues to celebrate and acknowledge foster parents, as well as everyone else who is involved in supporting foster children—family members, volunteers, community members, and foster care workers. The campaign also exists to spread awareness about the need for more foster parents in the United States. Over 4,290 Louisiana children and youth are currently in foster homes, and many more are waiting to be placed. About 20% of the youth and children in foster care in Louisiana are teenagers, but fewer than 5% of teenagers are placed in foster homes.
Every child and teenager needs a meaningful connection from at least one adult to help them on the path to a healthy and fulfilling life. Without support, many formerly abused or neglected children face the reality of going through life’s challenges alone. Approximately 20% of youth who age out of foster care will become homeless and less than 3% will earn a college degree by the age of 25.
Children and youth in your community need foster parents now more than ever. If you have an open bedroom and an open heart, you’re one step closer to helping a child in need. If you or someone you know is interested in becoming a foster parent in the New Orleans Greater Area, visit our website or contact us at 504-899-9045. There are many ways you can provide support for foster care families. Consider making a donation or help spread awareness by telling your friends, family, and colleagues about the need for more foster parents. Together, we can help create a brighter future for thousands of foster children in Louisiana.
 Department of Children and Family Services. (2020, February 12). DCFS Services Statewide. “http://www.dss.state.la.us/assets/docs/searchable/Reports/DCFS_2019_FactSheet_State_withRegions_021220.pdf”>http://www.dss.sta te.la.us/assets/docs/searchable/Reports/DCFS_2019_FactSheet_State_withRegions_021220.pdf
 Department of Children and Family Services. (n.d.). Be a Foster Caregiver for Teens. “http://www.dss.state.la.us/page/616”>http://www.dss.state.la.us/page/616