May is National Foster Care Month

UMFS knows that becoming a foster parent is hard and rewarding work. Each May, we celebrate our incredible foster families and bring awareness to the need for more foster parents in Virginia. Join us in sharing our campaign this month, as we work together to bring awareness to the growing community need.

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May is National Foster Care Month

UMFS knows that becoming a foster parent is hard and rewarding work. Each May, we celebrate our incredible foster families and bring awareness to the need for more foster parents in Virginia. Join us in sharing our campaign this month, as we work together to bring awareness to the growing community need.

Help Us Raise Awareness

National Foster Care Awareness Month is a great time to use your influence to share more about foster care and the need for foster parents in our community.

There are over 5,000 children and teens in foster care in the state of Virginia. UMFS has seen a 40% decline in those foster parent inquiries over the last few years. The need for foster parents in our community is great.

It starts with YOU. You have influence and your voice can make a difference. The likelihood of potential foster parents finding UMFS increases every time you share our content. You never know – someone in your network might be ready to take the next step! Please use the tools below to support your community outreach and social media sharing opportunities.

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    • Did you know May is National Foster Care Month? It’s important to acknowledge the incredible work of the individuals, families, and professionals that play a role in supporting children and teens in foster care. To learn more about #FosterCareMonth visit https://www.umfs.org/fostercaremonth.
    • There are over 5,000 children in foster care in Virginia with over 400 still waiting for a foster family. The need for foster parents is critical. To learn more about becoming a foster parent visit https://www.umfs.org/foster. #NationalFosterCareMonth
    • It’s #NationalFosterCareMonth! Did you know there are no gender, cultural, ethnicity, religious, marital status, educational, or home ownership requirements for becoming a foster parent? Learn more at https://www.umfs.org/foster.

     

    Engage Your Networks with Foster Care Statistics

    Virginia Numbers

    • Of the children in foster care in Virginia, 52% are boys and 48% are girls.  (VDSS)
    • 60% of children in Virginia foster care are Caucasian, 28% are African-American and 11% are Hispanic. (VDSS)
    • 48% of the children in foster care are 13 years and older. (VDSS)
    • The average stay in foster care is 21 months. (VDSS)
    • 18% of children who exit Virginia foster care each year age out at 18. This means Virginia ranks as one of the worst states in the USA for the percent of children who age out of foster care without a permanent home. (VDSS)
    • 32% of Virginia children in foster care return to their birth family. (VDSS)
    • 1700+ foster children in Virginia are waiting for adoptive families. (VDSS)
    • The average age of children in Virginia who are waiting to be adopted is 9 years old. (VDSS)
    • 35% of children in foster care who are are waiting to be adopted are under the age of 5. (VDSS)
    • 30% of children in foster care who are are waiting to be adopted are over the age of 13. (VDSS)
    • 30% of children in Virginia foster care are adopted, many times by their foster parents. (VDSS

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