Children’s Awareness Month – what you need to know

There are many days devoted to celebrating and maintaining the best interests of children, and this June is no different.

This month marks Children’s Awareness Month, which is now recognised and celebrated around the world.

How it started

Children’s Awareness Month has somewhat tragic origins.

The National Children and Family Awareness of America started the event in the US in the 1990s, as a response to remember children who had died unfortunate deaths.

First taking place in 1997, the month was endorsed by the mayor of Miami, before gaining the support of the governors of states such as Connecticut and New Hampshire.

Despite its geographical origins, we now celebrate the month of June as Children’s Awareness Month in the UK, and globally, too.

What you can do

There are many ways to raise awareness of, and celebrate, Children’s Awareness Month.

You could participate in campaigns focused on child welfare and health, with charities such as Save the Children, Action for Children and the Children’s Society, or even youth centres.

Roles include a group co-ordinator, fundraiser, a tutor or mentor, or you could even work in one of their charity shops selling preloved clothes, books and toys.

Not only will you be contributing to improving the lives of children and their families, you can also develop a greater appreciation for wider society, and feelings of satisfaction and appreciation from the children in question.

Here at Beacon Fostering, we provide families with any questions they may have regarding foster care in Manchester and other key areas of the North West.