Governor Bentley Declares May Foster Care Month

May 23, 2011

MONTGOMERY – Governor Robert Bentley declared May Foster Care Month at a proclamation ceremony held today at the State Capitol. Department of Human Resources (DHR) Commissioner Nancy Buckner and DHR Family Services Division staff were present for the proclamation signing held in the Capitol’s Old Archives Room.

 

Alabama currently has over 6000 children in the custody of the state living in some type of out-of-home setting. Foster care provides a stable and secure environment for children who cannot currently live at home until they can either return home, to relatives or achieve permanency through adoption.

 

It is our responsibility to ensure the safety, permanency and well being of Alabama’s children.  Nearly every community in this state is urgently seeking more foster parents to meet the needs of children and youth of all ages.  Foster homes allow displaced youth to live together with their siblings, remain in their own neighborhoods, and stay in their same schools. 

 

Foster parenting is a significant and rewarding opportunity that helps shape brighter futures.  There also are a variety of other meaningful ways for individuals, organizations and communities to get involved and make a lasting difference in the lives of young people in foster care.

 

Help honor and recognize the many caring individuals that work year-round on behalf of our state’s most vulnerable children.

 

Call 1-866-4AL-Kids to get more information about becoming a foster parent or learn about other ways you can help.

 

Foster Care Month Proclamation



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