May is National Foster Care Month!
Please join us in celebrating the foster parents who support and care for children in the Unaccompanied Refugee Minor (URM) foster care program, providing children with new opportunities for over thirty years. USCCB thanks the refugee foster care organizations that encourage the best possible outcomes for all children – linking children with foster families and providing essential training and case support.
The first “Foster Care Month” was May 1988, born out of an idea by the National Foster Parent Association and supported by Senator Strom Thurmond. In the first years, former President George Bush made a formal announcement every May, creating the impetus for states and agencies to get involved.
USCCB has been working with foreign born children since 1980 when refugees were entering the US from Southeast Asia. In partnership with the Office of Refugee Resettlement, Department of State, and Department of Human Services, and USCCB, the URM foster care programs have expanded to serve foreign born victims of trafficking, Cubans, Haitians, asylees, a growing number of refugee cases, and children who receive Special Immigrant Juvenile approvals.
To learn more about the children served and point of contact for those interested in foster parenting, please visit USCCB’s website. You may also visit the Office of Refugee Resettlement website to learn more about this federally funded program.