May is Foster Care Month! And yesterday, President Obama issued a National Foster Care Month Proclamation. This is the first time in almost two decades that the White House has issued a foster care month proclamation!
“President Obama thought it was important to celebrate the promise of the youth in foster care, and honor those who work to help them along the way. This Administration believes every child deserves a safe, loving and permanent family, and we are committed to working towards that goal.” –Mr. Joshua DuBois, Special Assistant to the President and Executive Director of the White House Office of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships
In his proclamation, the President highlights that there are nearly a half-million children and youth in foster care who enter the system through no fault of their own. He also celebrates the professionals and foster parents who demonstrate their dedication to children and the depth and kindness of the human heart.
Obama has shown his commitment to foster care issues by providing over $35 million last year to support foster care adoptions through the Adoption Incentives program. In addition, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act provided a significant increase in funding for Title IV-E adoption and foster care assistance program.
For more information on National Foster Care Month, be sure to visit: http://www.fostercaremonth.org.