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May 3, 2023

Governor Parson Proclaims May as National Foster Care Month

JEFFERSON CITY, MO –Governor Parson signed a proclamation designating May Foster Care Month in Missouri, a time to recognize the vital role of foster parents and their support of children in need of loving, temporary homes.

“The role that foster, relative, and kinship providers play in the lives of Missouri’s most vulnerable children is truly invaluable,” said Knodell, Department of Social Services Acting Director. “This month we will take time to recognize their contribution and commitment to making sure children in care are provided the safety, security, and stability they need to continue to grow and thrive. We appreciate Governor Parson for recognizing May as foster care month, and we extend our sincere gratitude to the entire child welfare team for their dedication and continued efforts to make sure Missouri’s children are safe, protected, and offered the support they need to heal and reach their full potential.”

More than 13,000 children and youth are in Missouri foster care. Not only do foster parents provide a safe, temporary home, but they are also an important support to the child’s parents when family reunification is the goal.

There is always a need for more foster families in Missouri, especially for older youth or sibling groups. When a community has more foster families, it means it is more likely a child can remain close to the life, community, school, friends, and people they know and be matched with a family that can best serve the child’s needs.

In Missouri, you could potentially become a foster parent if you:

  • Are at least 21 years of age
  • Complete a child abuse/neglect check and criminal record check including fingerprints
  • Are in good health, both physically and mentally
  • Have a stable income
  • Are willing to participate in and complete a free training and assessment process
  • Are willing to voice perspectives and concerns as part of a professional team
  • Are willing to partner with the child's family

To learn about more about foster care or ways to help area kids and families, visit DSS website and follow us on Facebook and Twitter. If you are unable to become a foster parent, there are many ways you can still help children living with foster families in your community.

The mission of the Department of Social Services is to empower Missourians to live safe, healthy, and productive lives. 


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