May 2017: Foster Care Month

WHEREAS, we recognize that the growth and development of our children is of the utmost importance, and every young person deserves a safe, loving and stable home; and,

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; and,

WHEREAS, in the state of Michigan nearly 13,000 children live in foster care; and,

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

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

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; and, 

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 who are in or leaving foster care; and,

WHEREAS, we join with the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services to thank individuals and families as well as public and private organizations that provide support, affection, love and security to the children in their care. We welcome this opportunity to get the message out that we are always in need of caring foster parents;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim May 2017 as Foster Care Month in Michigan.