Mayor Ben Blake recently proclaimed this month foster care month and urged residents to consider changing a life by sharing their hearts and homes with children in foster care.

He issued the proclamation to Boys & Girls Village, which runs a host of youth services.

Boys & Girls Village of Milford, since its founding in 1942, has focused on the well-being of at-risk youth. Its therapeutic foster care program matches qualified foster parents with children ages 6 through 17 who are in the custody of the Department of Children and Families.

Boys & Girls Village works to find families to open their homes and hearts and offer help to children whose families are in crisis, and experts say those families play a vital role in helping children and families heal, reconnect and launch children into successful adulthood.

More than 400,000 children and youth in the United States are under the foster care system, the city proclamation states.

“All young people in foster care need a meaningful connection to a caring adult who becomes a supportive and lasting presence in their lives,” according to the city proclamation. “Each year approximately 26,000 young adults age out of foster care without supportive family and the opportunities they need to help them succeed in life.”

For more information, go to bgvillage.org or call Boys & Girls Village at 203-877-0300.