National Foster Care Month Resources

Managing mental health and wellness can be a lifelong journey. Data coming out of the U.S. Surgeon General’s Advisory, Protecting Youth Mental Health, show that in recent years, there have been significant increases in mental health disorders in older youth, including depression, anxiety, and suicidal ideation, while the American Academy of Pediatrics states that mental and behavioral health is the largest unmet need for children and teens in foster care. When children and youth who have experienced child abuse and neglect enter the foster care system, we must provide early and appropriate intervention to support their emotional well-being, setting them up for future success.

Use this year’s resources to help talk with children, youth, and their caregivers about their mental health needs while they are engaged with the foster care system. Normalize it, lift conversations about mental health into everyday case planning, and see how a holistic approach to mental health care can support permanency and help youth leave care with strengthened minds, holistic supports, and stable families.

  • Resources to Support Youth Mental Health

    Find resources and tips on how child welfare professionals can holistically support the mental health needs of children, youth, and families in foster care.

  • Children’s Bureau-Funded Projects

    Explore information about Children’s Bureau-funded projects doing work to integrate mental health supports into everyday practice and improve well-being outcomes for children, youth, and families.

  • Raise Awareness

    Recognize and nurture every child's cultural identity and community connections. National Foster Care Month, Relative and Kin Connections: Keeping Families Strong, Children's Bureau, Child Welfare Information Gateway

    See how you can spread the word about National Foster Care Month in your hometown.

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