A stronger foster care system is a stronger America

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President Ronald Reagan established May as National Foster Care Month 34 years ago, and our Nation has an ongoing obligation to invest in our future by supporting foster children. 

Foster care protects children, strengthens families, and builds a better future for our Nation’s youth. We must work together to build a framework for long-term economic stability and success—including for older foster youth and those aging out of the foster care system. 


First lady Melania Trump announces the launch of her “Be Best” initiative in the Rose Garden at the White House in Washington, May 7, 2018. (REUTERS/Leah Millis)

Our support must include preparing children to succeed as adults. We must equip these young Americans with the skills they need to reach their full potential through economic empowerment, and especially through expanded access to resources in the fields of science, technology, and the trades. The 20,000 youth who age out of foster care each year must have the tools to develop professional skills to thrive as adults. 

We’ve made great strides by moving toward prevention-focused services, but it’s crucial to ensure we do a better

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