AKRON, OH – May 2012 – Throughout the United States today, more than 500,000 children are in foster care – in fact, by one estimate, there are now some 12 million alumni of the foster care system nationwide. With May being National Foster Care Month, Summit County Children Services has planned several activities to honor its nearly 450 foster parents and express the agency’s sincere appreciation for the love, care, hope, guidance, and nurturance they provide to the abused and neglected children of our community.
This year’s theme for Foster Care Month in Summit County is, “Be the Sunshine in a Child's Life, Foster a Child.” which was created by Charles & Shannon Woods of Uniontown. Promotional buttons with this theme have been distributed to the agency’s foster parents.
Among the other activities planned for Foster Care Month are:
· Banners recognizing May as National Foster Care Month will be displayed outside Summit County Children Services’ main office and its Northeast Ohio Regional Training Center facility.
· ‘Thank You’ cards will be mailed to all agency foster families in appreciation for all they do.
· A special ad highlighting the value of our foster families will run during May in various local newspapers, as well on METRO buses.
· An educational conference for agency foster families will be held from May 10-12.
· ‘Thank You’ phone calls will be made to all foster parents by agency staff.
· The Summit County Children Services Women’s Auxiliary Board will host the 62nd Annual Foster Parent Recognition Dinner on Thursday, May 17 at Todaro’s Party Center. This gathering will provide staff the opportunity to personally visit with our foster parents and recognize each of them for their years of commitment and dedication to helping children.