CACS Commemorates May as "National Foster Care Month"

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Date: 04/27/18
To: All Local Media
From: Doneen Hollingsworth, Chair
Capital Area Counseling Service, Inc. Board Of Directors

For Immediate Release

Capital Area Counseling Service Commemorates May as "National Foster Care Month"

The staff and Board of Directors at CACS recognize May as "National Foster Care Month." We set aside this month to recognize foster parents, family members, volunteers, mentors, policymakers, child welfare professionals, and other members of the community who help children and youth in foster care find permanent homes and connections.

In the United States there are over 400,000 young people in foster care. In South Dakota there are close to 1,000 youth in foster care and locally there are 52 children in Capital Area Counseling’s Therapeutic Foster Care Program. Whether the goal is reunification with their parents, adoption or guardianship foster homes provide a safe, secure, caring environment for children while they work toward their plan of permanency.

Studies suggest that approximately 2/3 of American children have experienced some type of trauma by the age of 16. More than 1/3 report exposure to multiple kinds of trauma. Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE’s) have been linked to risky health behaviors, chronic health conditions, low life potential, and early death. The greater number of adverse experiences the greater the risk of these outcomes. Most children in foster care have experienced multiple adverse childhood experiences. Safe, stable, nurturing relationships and environments help to build resilience. These relationships can have a positive effect on health as well as helping children develop skills so that they can reach their full potential.

Therapeutic Foster Care is a family based treatment program. TFC parents provide nurturing day-to-day care for a foster child in a safe environment. Treatment foster parents are also expected to provide extra time and effort to help a child meet their emotional and behavioral needs. The TFC clinical specialist and treatment parents partner with a treatment team including: the child’s therapist, school, medical providers, guardian agency and any others providing services to that child. The goal of the TFC Program is to address the causes of a child’s emotional problems and help them to change their behavior allowing the child to live a more functional life in a family, school and community.

During National Foster Care Month, we want to express our commitment to ensuring a bright future for all youth in foster care, and we honor all those who make a meaningful difference in their lives.

“Children and youth in foster care have year-round needs. Each May we have the opportunity to focus on those urgent needs and also to express our deep gratitude to the dedicated foster families who open their homes and their hearts to the children in our community," says Doneen Hollingsworth, CACS Board President.

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