With more than 400,000 children in foster care, May is a month set aside to honor parents and community members that have been actively involved in caring for those children in need. To learn more about National Foster Care month you can visit www.childwelfare.gov. Central has been providing foster care services for many years. We have partnered with families to serve Natrona county, but our work is not done, as it is our mission to lead Wyoming in behavioral healthcare through collaboration, stewardship and compassion, our foster care services are essential to fulfilling our mission.

According to recent data from Adoption and Foster Care Analysis and Reporting System (AFCARS), nearly 40% of children needing foster care are 5 years old or under. These are critical developmental years for children to be placed in caring homes.

SexAgeRace
52% male48% female39% 5 years old or under23% 6 to 10 years old22% 11 to 15 years old16% 16 to 20 years old2% American Indian/Alaskan Native1% Asian24% Black or African American0% (525) Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander22% Hispanic (of any race)42% White3% Unknown/Unable to Determine7% Two or more Races

Central offers Therapeutic Foster Care (TFC) for children that are not able to live with their biological parents. On June 5 at 5:30, Central will host a meet and greet for potential foster families to meet current foster families and clinician staff in the TFC program. Families interested in learning more about our Therapeutic Foster Care program will receive information and tour our facility.

To hear from some of our current foster parents, please watch the video below.