The Children’s Bureau wants to feature your story!

Each year the Children’s Bureau’s National Foster Care Month initiative features Real-Life Stories from Children’s Bureau grantees and others.

As a National Foster Care Month partner, the National Foster Parent Association is helping the Children’s Bureau to find stories surrounding its 2016 theme of reunification.  This year, the theme for National Foster Care Month is “Honoring, Uniting, and Celebrating Families”.  In particular, we are looking for stories that illustrate best practices in promoting a child’s or youth’s connection with biological parents, other family members, and their cultural heritage.  Please consider stories where children and youth have been successfully reunited with a biological family and stories of foster families and biological families working collaboratively.  The National Foster Parent Association is hoping you may be a possible resource for such stories because of the promising work you do.

If you’re interested in sharing a story for this 2016’s National Foster Care Month initiative, please contact Branden Polk, Child Welfare Specialist at the Child Welfare Information Gateway ( for detailed instructions by December 31, 2015.  Stories must be submitted no later than January 15, 2016. The Children’s Bureau and collaborating organizations will offer assistance in writing the stories.  Here is a sample story to help get you started.

Thank you again for your continued support of this important initiative.

Irene Clements
Executive Director
National Foster Parent Association


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