Children's Foster Care Month
WHEREAS, the family, serving as the primary source of love, identity, self-esteem and support, is the very foundation of our communities and our state; and
WHEREAS, in North Dakota, there are children and youth in foster care being provided with a safe, secure and stable home, along with the compassion and support of a foster family; and
WHEREAS, foster, kinship and adoptive families who open their homes and hearts to children who are in crisis, play a vital role in helping children and families heal and reconnect and preparing young people for successful futures; and
WHEREAS, dedicated foster families frequently adopt foster children, resulting in a greater need for more foster families; and
WHEREAS, it is important to recognize the valuable and continuing contributions of foster parents who show their love and support continuously; and
WHEREAS, the annual observance of Children’s Foster Care Month calls attention to the value of foster care as a temporary service that provides children and youth with a safe, stable and nurturing foster family until permanence can be achieved.
NOW, THEREFORE, as Governor of the State of North Dakota, I do hereby proclaim May 2012, CHILDREN’S FOSTER CARE MONTH in the state of North Dakota.