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Chapter 4   Getting the Word Out

Screen capture of National Foster Care Month web section
Special Initiatives – Special initiatives build broad-based partnerships and recognize public and private efforts to strengthen communities, support parents, and protect children.
They include the following:
  • Adoption Excellence Awards are awarded annually to honor States, organizations, businesses, individuals, and families that have demonstrated excellence in providing stable, permanent homes for our Nation’s children in foster care.
  • National Child Abuse Prevention Month is celebrated each April to encourage individuals and communities to support children and families and help prevent child maltreatment.
  • National Foster Care Month is celebrated every May to acknowledge the work of foster parents and draw attention to programs and practices that promote permanency for children and youth.
  • National Adoption Month is celebrated each November to raise awareness about the adoption of children and youth in foster care.

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