*This is to serve as an example only. Feel free to add more or less information on the child and biological parents depending on your custodial agency's guidelines. All information provided and connections contacted must be approved by the custodial agency.

Dear, (name)

I’m reaching out on behalf of (social services municipality) in regard to (child’s first name). As you know, I’ve reached out a few times via letter, email, and phone. We have identified you as a relative or connection of (child’s first name). As I’ve noted before, (child’s first name) is still in the custody of (social services municipality) and I am working hard to identify the best possible placement for long-term foster care.

The foster care system is overwhelmed by the number of children needing safe and loving homes. Right now, there are more than 400,000 kids in the foster care system, with 20,000 aging out each year, many without any connections or family to go home to. This leads to a staggering statistic that two out of three foster teens that age out of care will be homeless, incarcerated, or deceased by the age of 26 years old.

Studies show that having safe and loving connections with extended family members and connections before foster youth age out of the system makes them more likely to become productive, healthy members of our society. I’m certain you’d agree that family connections are essential to living a stable, happy life, and that every child deserves this opportunity.

I hope you will consider helping (child’s first name) during this difficult time. Please get in contact with us so you don’t lose the opportunity to connect with (child’s first name) now or in the future. If children are adopted by another family, relatives may no longer have the option of being involved in the child’s life.

Sincerely,

(Social worker)

(additional contact info)

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