May was National Foster Care Month: The Children's Aid Society Supports Youth in Foster Care and Their Families

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New York City's Administration for Children's Services (ACS) recently marked the beginning of National Foster Care Month with a commemoration to raise New Yorkers' awareness about foster care, celebrating generous New Yorkers who have opened their hearts and homes as foster and adoptive parents.

The Children's Aid Society in New York, which partners with ACS, began its efforts to help the thousands of homeless, abused and orphaned children living on the streets of the city in 1853. That program, called the Orphan Train Movement, is still recognized as the foundation of the modern-day foster care system in the United States.

Today adoption and foster care constitute one of The Children's Aid Society's largest service divisions, and among our highest priorities, as we continue to work for the nearly 17,000 children living in foster care in New York. National Foster Care Month is a great opportunity to highlight this continuing need -- thanking foster families and social workers who care for children -- and encouraging New Yorkers to become foster parents, volunteers or mentors. Many foster care alumni have taken that crucial early support and mentoring to go on to many great things in life.

New York's Children's Aid Society finds safe and nurturing homes for more than 640 needy children a year, a powerful statement of commitment and care. In addition, we also provide many specialized services for youths and families in the foster care system. Learn more about becoming a .