May, 2014: Foster Care Month

WHEREAS, we recognize that nothing is more precious in our great state than the growth and development of our children, and that every young person deserves a safe, loving and stable home.

WHEREAS, the family, serving as a child’s primary source of love, identity, self-esteem and support, is the foundation of our communities and our state.

WHEREAS, in the state of Michigan more than 13,000 children live in foster care.

WHEREAS, all children need a meaningful connection to a caring adult who becomes a supportive and lasting presence in their lives.

WHEREAS, foster parents who generously give of themselves to provide stability for children are truly unsung heroes.

WHEREAS, foster, kinship and adoptive families who tap into their humanity, open their hearts and homes, and support children whose families are in crisis play a vital role in helping children and families heal and reconnect, thereby launching young people into successful adulthood.

WHEREAS, there are numerous individuals in public and private organizations, the courts, and in the faith-based community who work to increase public awareness of the needs of children in and leaving foster care.

WHEREAS, Foster Care Month is but one occasion to thank individuals, families and public and private organizations that provide support, affection, love and security to the children in their care, and also provides an opportunity to get the message out that we are always in need of caring foster parents

WHEREAS, supporting our children in any way that we are able—whether by opening our hearts and homes through foster care, mentoring young people in need of guidance or donating time to help children in need, is very important. Working together, we can help shape a bright future for our state and continue to provide hope to many more of Michigan’s children.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim May, 2014 as Foster Care Month in Michigan.