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Celebrating Martin Luther King Jr. Day through Service

Updated: Jan 8

“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’”

Martin Luther King Jr.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. said this when he was giving a speech in Montgomery, Alabama in 1957. It is a question that we should still be asking ourselves.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day is celebrated on the third Monday in January. In 1994, MLK Day was declared a national day of service, in addition to being a federal holiday.

In the spirit of Dr. King’s memory, think about ways you can serve your community as a family. Though foster children are often seen as people who need to be served, they also have so much to offer others. Try to find a service project that fits with your foster child(ren)’s passions.

If you are not yet a foster parent, you can celebrate MLK Day by helping foster children and families.

Dr King once said “The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy,”

(From Strength to Love collection of speeches).

Foster Care is nothing if not challenging and can also be controversial due to the misconceptions many people have about it.

For all of our amazing foster parents: Thank you for helping others and serving your community day in and day out through the most challenging circumstances.

We appreciate you!

ITFC Tip: Engaging in community service as a family is a great way to bond!

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