PHOENIX — Governor Ducey proclaimed May 2018 as Foster Care Awareness Month to express gratitude to those who open their hearts and homes to children and youth, and to encourage citizens to step forward and invest in the lives of Arizona’s youth through the foster care system.
View text of the proclamation below
WHEREAS, children come into foster care through no fault of their own and have a right to live in a safe, nurturing, and supportive family atmosphere; and
WHEREAS, the people of Arizona are known for their compassion and have a long-standing tradition of opening their hearts and homes to children and youth in need of a stable and caring atmosphere; and
WHEREAS, there is a particular need for foster homes for teens ages 13-18, to ensure all youth have the opportunity to grow up in a family who will nurture, guide, and love them, thereby launching young people into successful adulthood; and
WHEREAS, together as a state, we must raise awareness about this need and inspire volunteers to step forward and invest in the lives of Arizona's youth through our foster care system; and
WHEREAS, foster and kinship families – unsung heroes who open their homes and their hearts to support youth whose families are in crisis – play a vital role in helping children, youth, and families heal; and
WHEREAS, we offer the deepest gratitude and thanks to all who serve Arizona's youth as foster, adoptive and kinship parents, respite care providers, caseworkers, advocates, mentors, teachers, faith leaders, volunteers, and individuals dedicated to making a difference.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Douglas A. Ducey, Governor of the State of Arizona, do hereby proclaim May 2018 as
FOSTER CARE AWARENESS MONTH
and urge all citizens to come forward and do something positive that will help improve the lives of children in foster care.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused to be
affixed the Great Seal of the State of Arizona
DONE at the Capitol in Phoenix on this fifth day of April in the year
Two Thousand and Eighteen and of the Independence of the United States of America
the Two Hundred and Forty-Second.
SECRETARY OF STATE