President Issues Proclamation for Nat’l Foster Care Month

Presidential Proclamation-National Foster Care Month

Nearly a half-million children and youth are in foster care in America, all entering the system through no fault of their own. During National Foster Care Month, we recognize the promise of children and youth in foster care, as well as former foster youth. We also celebrate the professionals and foster parents who demonstrate the depth and kindness of the human heart.

Children and youth in foster care deserve the happiness and joy every child should experience through family life and a safe, loving home. Families provide children with unconditional love, stability, trust, and the support to grow into healthy, productive adults. Unfortunately, too many foster youth reach the age at which they must leave foster care and enter adulthood without the support of a permanent family.

Much work remains to reach the goal of permanence for every child, and my Administration has supported States that increased the number of children adopted out of foster care, providing over $35 million in 2009 through the Adoption Incentives program. We are also committed to meeting the developmental, educational, and health-related needs of children and youth in foster care. The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act provided a significant increase in funding for the Title IV-E adoption and foster care assistance program. States can use these funds to ensure those placed in foster care will enter a safe and stable environment.

In addition, we are implementing the Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act. This law promotes permanency and improved outcomes for foster youth through support for kinship care and adoption, support for older youth, direct access to Federal resources for Indian tribes, coordinated health benefits, improved educational stability and opportunities, and adoption incentives and assistance. Former foster youth will also benefit from the Affordable Care Act, which, beginning in 2014, will ensure Medicaid coverage for them in every State.

This month, caring foster parents and professionals across our Nation will celebrate the triumphs of children and youth in foster care as they work to remove barriers to reaching a permanent family. Federal, State, and local government agencies, communities, and individuals all have a role to play as well. Together, we can ensure that young people in foster care have the opportunities and encouragement they need to realize their full potential.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim May 2010 as National Foster Care Month. I call upon all Americans to observe this month with appropriate programs and activities to honor and support young people in foster care, and to recognize the committed adults who work on their behalf each day.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this twenty-eighth day of April, in the year of our Lord two thousand ten, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-fourth.



3 Responses

  1. This is a nice, feel good proclamation, but children in foster care deserve FAR MORE than just a month of remembrance. This does nothing to honor youth in foster care. What they REALLY need is for someone to advocate for them because Child “Protective” Services does nothing of the sort. I was a foster parent for 6 years. I have adopted one son through the court system and seven more in my heart. I find it appalling the kind of unchecked, unbalanced power that CPS has in this country. They RUN the family court system. They have power beyond measure and they are NOT using that power to protect and nourish the children in their care. One look at how many foster children end up in prison, on welfare, or homeless SHOULD tell everyone we are NOT doing our job in “protecting” these children. What good does it do to strip them of their family, friends, pets, school, church, community in order to save them from the abuse of their biological family if we are merely trading that abuse for state sanctioned psychological abuse (being bounced around from home to home) and physical abuse (being doped up on psychotropic meds to keep them quiet and manageable)??? Mr. President, if you REALLY want to help children in foster care, the first place to start is to make child abuse a CRIME and move it to the CRIMINAL COURT. Create citizen review boards to oversee critical decisions made about the removal of foster children from BOTH biological homes AND foster homes. STOP drugging foster children to cover up NORMAL responses to losing everyone and everything they love. They have EVERY RIGHT to act out and be angry. Honor them by making life better for them.

  2. I don’t know whether to laugh or cry at this sad-attempt at pretending to care about the foster care system.
    I didn’t need a National Foster Care Month, I needed a foster care system that was REFORMED. I needed a foster care system that provided safety and stability. I needed a foster care system that provided skills, training, healthcare, and didn’t kick me out at 18 with nothing.

    Look at the statistics for foster youth and decide if a Foster Care Month is the best use of the power of the government to help kids.
    Homelessness, lack of education, unemployment, mental health issues, pregnancy, prison, drugs, etc, etc.

    Calling on Americans “to observe this month with appropriate programs and activities to honor and support young people in foster care” is a joke.

    Most people DO NOT understand foster care, let alone want to be involved with it. Right? We “are someone
    else’s problem.”

    I am so tired of talk….we need ACTION.

  3. […] May 30, 2010 I was recently reading another blog about foster care and was astonished to find out that President Obama declared May “National Foster Care Month.” […]

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