Fostering Perspectives Turns 25!

Fostering Perspectives is celebrating its silver anniversary. This publication was born 25 years ago because the NC Division of Social Services and its partners wanted a way to inform, support, and speak directly to our state’s resource parents and child welfare professionals.

To ensure it is accessible, practical, and helpful, from the beginning Fostering Perspectives has had an advisory group made up of people who have experience with and a stake in North Carolina’s foster care program: foster care alumni, resource parents, and representatives from county, state, and private agencies. This group helps plan every issue by suggesting topics, sharing article ideas, identifying potential authors, and contributing articles themselves.

The conviction that we need to hear and learn from those touched by the foster care program is a cornerstone of Fostering Perspectives. That’s why its pages so often include the voices of children and youth in foster care, their parents, foster care alumni, foster and adoptive parents, kin caregivers, judges, social workers, guardians ad litem, mental health providers, and others.

Two and a half decades in, Fostering Perspectives remains a vital way for the NC Division of Social Services to communicate directly with key stakeholders. In May and November each year, this newsletter goes out to every North Carolina foster parent and to child welfare social workers in every county. It’s also read by thousands of kin caregivers, foster and adoptive parents, and others online.

We mark this anniversary with deep gratitude. We’re thankful for our advisory group members, past and present, and especially for you, our readers. We look forward to our next 25 years of supporting you and cheering you on.