County Commissioners Proclaim May as Foster Care Awareness Month
Foster care is an important and complex support system that is comprised of foster parents, social workers, families, mentors, volunteers, and other members of the community who help children through challenging times and seek to find permanent, stable homes for them. Buncombe County acknowledges the hard work that goes into foster care and honors that work through Foster Care Awareness Month.
Buncombe County Board of Commissioners declared May as Foster Care Awareness Month at its May 16 meeting, a sign of appreciation for the service foster parents provide to our community and in recognition of the importance of foster care in the lives of our community’s most vulnerable residents.
Read the entire proclamation here.
More about Buncombe County’s Foster Care Services:
Buncombe County’s Child and Family Services helps families through its Permanency Planning Services, providing temporary and safe care for children while working to address concerns and the safe reunification of the family.
FY 2023 has been busy for foster care:
- Licensed 23 new foster care homes in Buncombe County so far in FY23
- Doubled the number of kinship homes
- Completed 43 reunifications
- Placed 16 children in a guardianship home
- Completed 20 adoptions to forever homes
Licensing more foster care homes within the county helps decrease the number of children placed out of the county. Children’s Services has been able to bring the number of children placed outside the county down by 20% from last fiscal year. There is still work to be done and we need your help. Please considering learning more about fostering at www.buncombecounty.org/foster.
“The ongoing dedication of staff, resource families, and community resources demonstrate our county’s dedication in meeting the needs of our families in their most challenging times. We want to thank the local Foster Care Community for ensuring the well-being and safety of the community’s youth,” Amy says. Click here to learn more about the County’s Child and Family Services.