May is National Foster Care Month

GREEN BAY (WLUK) -- Every month, more children and teens enter Wisconsin’s foster care system. In fact, there are nearly 8,000 children in foster care today.

The demand for enough foster families to meet that need is greater than ever. That information was provided by the Coalition for Children, Youth & Families.

Right now, is the perfect time to spread the word about Foster Care, because May is National Foster Care Month.

Oriana Carey, CEO of the Coalition for Children, Youth & Families and Jill Bryant, who is a Foster Parent, joined FOX 11’s Emily Deem on Good Day Wisconsin to talk about how important it is to make a difference by becoming a foster parent.

If you want to learn more about the licensing process, training requirements, reimbursement, and to have your questions answered, there will be Informational Sessions for Outagamie and Calumet counties.

The 3rd Thursday of the Month

At 12:00 p.m. & 5:00 p.m.

At the Outagamie County Health and Human Services Department

Children, Youth & Family Division

401 S. Elm Street, Appleton WI 54911

This May, the Coalition for Children, Youth & Families is issuing the #HandstandForFosterKids Challenge, hoping to raise awareness for the need for more foster parents in every county and community. Here’s how you can participate:

Prepare: Practice your handstand skills or recruit a friend or family member to help.

Record: Before you turn yourself upside down, be sure you are recording your #HandstandForFosterKids. Call out three or more people who you are challenging to do a handstand and help raise even more awareness for the need for more foster homes.

Stand on your hands! (Or your head if you prefer!)

Upload: Post your video or photo for all to see on Facebook, Instagram, and/or Twitter. Be sure to use the hashtag #HandstandForFosterKids and tag those you are challenging, as well as @coalitionforcyf.

NOTE: Can’t do a handstand? That’s okay! Simply use a photo of yourself that has been turned upside down!

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