National Foster Care Month
Celebrating National Foster Care Month
May is National Foster Care Month. Did you know that half a million children and teens are in the foster care system nationwide? In North Carolina, more than 15,000 children live in foster care. Each year, Easterseals UCP assists 270 foster care children in North Carolina. Our mission for foster care is to place children in loving, out-of-home care until the transition into a permanent home takes place.

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Meet Ivan and his family
When he was just two weeks old, Ivan went into foster care. He spent two years in foster care until he found his forever home with two loving adoptive mothers! After they found out the adoption was official, they took Ivan to get ice cream and celebrate with his new family. “Ivan is the apple of our eye,” says Ivan’s parents, Marybeth and Ginger G. Our inclusive foster care services have tremendous impact on the children we serve.

More quotes from our other foster families
Foster care impacts more than the children we serve. Our foster care services impact parents, families and our communities. Here is what our foster care families have to say…

“I wouldn’t trade this experience for anything, and would encourage anyone who is even thinking it would be something they’re interested in to give it a shot. It has changed my life in the best ways imaginable, and has taught me to love in ways I didn’t think were possible. I can’t imagine life any other way at this point, and I look forward to whatever life has in store for us!” – Brittany, Foster Mother

“I’m FOREVER grateful for what y’all did to help my daughter and my family. Truly over and beyond…THANK YOU!” – A mother who partnered with Child Placement & Support Services to receive Intensive Alternative Family Treatment services for her daughter.

“Fostering takes an abundance of patience, courage, and support. The stay might be temporary, but the impact is forever long. My goal is for them to become highly productive and positive people with a limitless future! I hope they understand I’m always in their corner, I support them, and will always be a shoulder to lean in!” – Darian, Foster Mother

“Being Foster Parents is living out our purpose in life. It’s having compassion to serve, and the will to help and love others.” – Maria, ESUCP Foster Mother

“To have been given the opportunity to share my heart with the children in my home and receive their love in return is an honor. Our experiences together have bonded us forever as a family. Being a foster/adoptive parent is a life changing experience that I am grateful for.” – Tamara, Foster Mother

Our foster care services change lives. Learn more about Easterseals UCP Foster Care program!

About Easterseals UCP
Easterseals UCP North Carolina & Virginia is a trustworthy, compassionate partner providing exceptional disability and behavioral health services to help our neighbors live their best lives. Purpose, dedication and empathy drive our service delivery. Our diverse and inclusive 2,300 member team provides more than 9 million hours of meaningful support to 22,000 kids, adults and families in 11,000 home and community locations.