May is National Foster Care Month

Make a Difference

Want to make a difference? Here are easy ways you can help youth in foster care.

May is National Foster Care Month, when we pay special attention to the more than 400,000 children and youth in foster care. There's an overwhelming need for individuals, families, and communities to become involved as foster parents, respite providers, volunteers, or mentors of children who need an adult role model.

The National Foster Care Month website ( is full of resources to help support children, youth, and their families, especially those involved in foster care. Some ways to help include the following:

  • Becoming a foster parent
  • Volunteering as a court appointed special advocate (CASA) for children
  • Being a mentor or "supportive adult" in a youth's life
  • Joining or hosting a fundraising event
  • Donating services, goods, computers, etc. to older youth in foster care
  • Lending a hand to help current foster parents and caregivers with their day-to-day needs

Visit the section dedicated to communities and take the opportunity to learn more about how to become a foster parent or find other ways to contribute to the positive development of children and youth involved with foster care. You can also join us on the National Foster Care Month Campaign Facebook pageexternal link, which is open to all individuals, organizations, groups, or agencies with an interest in foster care. The page is your place to share, learn, and promote events, resources, stories, and photos celebrating National Foster Care Month.

If you live in Iowa and you are interested in becoming a foster parent, visit or call them at 1-800-243-0756.  The Iowa Department of Human Services (DHS) continually recruits foster families so that we may have different types of expertise in meeting children’s unique needs, more racial and ethnic diversity and additional geographical flexibility so that, in many cases, children may be close to home as we work toward reunification.

You can make a difference in the life of a child in need.