Help Kids in Foster Care During Black History Month
Black History Month is a time to honor the contributions and legacy of black and African Americans across U.S. history and society—from activists and civil rights pioneers to leaders in industry, politics, science, culture, and more.
As Together We Rise continues to honor the achievements of our fellow black and African Americans, we want to use this opportunity to raise awareness about how we can support children of color in foster care.
Why is it Important to Help Kids in Foster Care During Black History Month?
According to AFCARS Report #28 from the Children’s Bureau Office, more than 400,000 children are in foster care today. About 20% of foster youth are black or African American which means that black children in foster care are represented at a higher rate than in the general population.
All children in foster care face complex challenges regarding cultural shifts and traditions. For children of color, foster care can become more isolating and othering. It can be difficult for black and African children in foster care to feel a connection to their culture. Especially when they are in an institutional or alternative group home setting, without a familiar support structure.
How can You Help Kids in Foster Care During Black History Month?
One simple way you can help kids in foster care during black history month is to simply share their stories. When you see a post on social media or an article in the news, share it! Help others learn more about kids in foster care.
Supporting organizations like Together We Rise is another way you can bring resources to black and African American foster youth. Contributing with a donation, or through volunteering can help bring tangible items and visibility addressing the needs of foster youth.
If you are a foster parent or mentor, you can help your foster children learn more about their historical and cultural backgrounds. This does not have to be an invasion of privacy. There are many books and films that explore the black and African-American experience. It is a beautiful opportunity to empower children through positive narratives.
Please remember that there are kids in foster care who need our help every day of the year. We hope you can get involved with helping kids in foster care during Black History Month or at any time of year! Join us today!
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