6 Ways to Spread the Word About National Foster Care Month

How can you help increase foster care awareness?

Sarah M. Baker May 03, 2016

May is a month that brings national attention to foster care. Children in the foster care system didn’t ask to be in foster care or for the circumstances that landed them there. They may have faced loss, trauma, illness, neglect, abuse, and more. Some of these children are successfully reunited with their families, some go on to be adopted into forever families, and some remain in foster care until they age out. No matter what the situation is, the need for foster care awareness is important. In the month of May we dedicate ourselves to speaking up and reaching out to others about foster care. What can you do to spread the word?

1. Facebook

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Like the National Foster Care Month Campaign Facebook page and start sharing status updates, infographics, inspiring stories, and more.

Email Signature Blocks
2. Email Signature Blocks

Every email you send is the opportunity to spread the word about foster care awareness and direct people back to a website full of information.

Email Messages
3. Email Messages

Use your network to increase awareness. You can gather facts or sample emails from the Foster Care Month website to send to your friends, family and coworkers to help educate.

Social Media
4. Social Media

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Are you active on social media platforms? Whether it’s Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Google+, Pinterest, or more, you can use specially designated hashtags in your foster care awareness messages to make sure more people are seeing your information. #FosterCareMonth and #NFCM2016

Graphics and Widgets
5. Graphics and Widgets

On social media, in your email signature, or on your website, you can share graphics and widgets with your followers by going to the Foster Care website and downloading the images or code to embed the images. Remember to link back so your readers can have the education they need at their fingertips.

Lead by Example
6. Lead by Example

Get involved in foster care. Whether you are a foster parent, adopting from foster care, volunteering at foster care events, or offering services to foster care programs, get in the picture!

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Sarah M. Baker

Sarah is a Staff Storyteller for Adoption.com and passionate about teaching others the power of open adoption. She is very active in the adoption community, where she spends a lot of time advocating as the founder of Heart For Open Adoption. She is the mom of two boys in addition to parenting her niece. She is a mother biologically and through domestic infant open adoption. Sarah promotes adoption education and ethical adoptions. She and her husband were featured on Season 2 of Oxygen’s “I’m Having Their Baby,” which tells the story of their first adoption match failing. Sarah hopes to bring her personal experience to you and help anyone who wants more information about adoption to find it with ease. Though it was once a taboo subject, Sarah hopes to make adoption something people are no longer afraid to talk about. You can learn more about Sarah and her family on her blog.

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