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WHEREAS, family is the most important resource for providing Virginia’s children with love, dignity, and self-determination; and
WHEREAS, nearly 5,400 of Virginia’s children are in foster care, with 700 of those children available for adoption; and
WHEREAS, every child in foster care deserves the security and opportunity for growth that a family can provide; and
WHEREAS, a child’s success is best supported in a system that is family-focused, child-centered, and community-based; and
WHEREAS, foster, adoptive, and kinship parents provide Virginia’s children with an opportunity to be part of a caring family; and
WHEREAS, foster, adoptive, and kinship parents help these children connect to permanent homes through reunification, permanent placement with relatives or preparation for adoption; and
WHEREAS, dedicated foster families frequently adopt foster children, resulting in a greater need for more foster-to-adopt families; and
WHEREAS, through the efforts of strong partnerships among stakeholders, children are safe and their voices are heard as we continue to work for the success of every child;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Ralph Northam, do hereby recognize May 2021 as FOSTER CARE MONTH in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.