May 2011: Foster Care MonthDate: May 01, 2011 - May 31, 2011
Time: All Day Event
WHEREAS, serving as a child's primary source of love, self-esteem and identity, the family unit is the foundation of our communities and our state, and every young person in Michigan deserves to live and grow in a stable, safe and loving environment; and,
WHEREAS, more than 14,000 Michigan children live in foster care and the need for foster care, kinship and adoptive families is apparent; and,
WHEREAS, during this month, we join with the Michigan Department of Human Services encouraging Michigan citizens to help shape a bright future for the children of this state; and,
WHEREAS, the efforts to support children in foster care, and those leaving foster care to move into adulthood, are made by many; we recognize and thank the individuals, families, organizations, courts, public and private agencies that make taking care of Michigan's children in need of caring foster parents a priority;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, Governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim May 2011 as Foster Care Month in Michigan.