WHEREAS, all children need a meaningful connection to a caring adult who becomes a supportive and lasting presence in their lives; and,
WHEREAS, more than 13,000 Michigan children live in foster care and the need for foster care, kinship and adoptive families is apparent; foster, kinship and adoptive families who 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; and,
WHEREAS, during this month, we honor and thank the individuals, families, organizations, courts and public and private agencies that provide love, affection, support and security to the children in their care; and,
WHEREAS, we join with the Michigan Department of Human Services to encourage citizens of the Great Lakes State to help shape a bright future for all Michigan children by considering foster care, mentoring young people in need of guidance or donating time to help children in need;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim May 2013 as Foster Care Month in Michigan.