National Foster Care Month has been observed during the Month of May in the United States since 1988 when President Ronald Reagan recognized May as a month to show appreciation and gratitude to foster parents across the nation. The purpose of National Foster Care Month continues to evolve based on the needs of the time. For example, in 2019, the theme for National Foster Care Month was "Foster Care as a Support to Families, not a Substitute for Parents."
So to celebrate, we've curated a list of Middle Grade and YA fiction that feature main characters that are in, have been in, or have aged out of the foster care system. For more information about National Foster Care Month or ways that you can help visit https://www.childwelfare.gov/fostercaremonth/ .