Foster Care Video Series

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NPTA LifeLockMay is National Foster Care Month and through the Every Child in Focus campaign, we’ve produced a video series on the extensive community that helps the nearly 400,000 children and youth find  permanent homes and connections.

These insightful videos highlight the key people who make a meaningful difference in the lives of these children and youth and share compelling stories on:

  • The foster care process
  • Misconceptions of foster care children
  • How foster care children are vulnerable
  • Ways we can celebrate their success

Share these videos with parents, school administrators and students and watch on your computer or mobile device.

What is Foster Care?

Foster care parents, social workers and former foster care children share their experiences in the system. They explain the role of foster care parents and give reasons on why foster care parents are so important.

Judith Shagrin, Assistant Director, Baltimore County Department of Social Services
Sam Macer, Foster Care Parent / PTA Leader 
Emily Bloomfield, Founder, Monument Academy

What are the Misconceptions of Foster Care Children?

This video examines the challenges the foster care children face and how they are mislabeled as “challenging youths.”

Dr. Melissa Smith, Director of Wellbeing, Monument Academy
Judith Shagrin, Assistant Director, Baltimore County Department of Social Services
Emily Bloomfield, Founder, Monument Academy

How are Foster Care Children are Vulnerable?

One of the challenges for a lot of children in foster care is how to keep their information confidential. This video takes an in depth look at identity theft and ways parents and PTAs can help to combat this epidemic.

Jean Chatzky, Financial Expert
Emily Bloomfield, Founder, Monument Academy

How Can we Celebrate Foster Care Children Success?

What is needed to ensure that foster care children are successful? This video summarizes what PTAs can do to ensure family engagement and embrace foster care parents in school and the community.

Emily Bloomfield, Founder, Monument Academy 
Sam Macer, Foster Care Parent / PTA Leader
Judith Shagrin, Assistant Director, Baltimore County Department of Social Services
Dr. Melissa Smith, Director of Wellbeing, Monument Academy

About the Series

We have created information and resources on the unique challenges foster children face and ways PTAs can better support foster families in achieving student success. National PTA thanks LifeLock for their generous corporate contribution to support the foster care component of Every Child in Focus.

About Every Child in Focus

National PTA's Every Child in Focus is a campaign to strengthen family engagement in schools by celebrating the achievements and reporting the disparities within diverse populations, and sharing resources and advocacy tools to help understand the needs of every child.