Family Reunification Month 2016


WHEREAS, foster care is intended to be a temporary intervention for children who need the safety and security of an out-of-home placement; and

WHEREAS, 2,661 children entered foster care in Virginia in 2015; and

WHEREAS, many families receiving foster care services are faced with challenges in overcoming trauma and meeting day-to-day needs; and

WHEREAS, the premise of Virginia Children’s Service Practice Model is that all children and youth deserve to be safe; children do best when raised in families; and all children and youth deserve and need a permanent family; and

WHEREAS, there were 732 children and youth in foster care in Virginia who were successfully reunified with their families in 2015; and

WHEREAS, for most children in foster care, reunification with their family is their best option for a permanent and loving home; and

WHEREAS, all children need the care, love, security, and stability of family unity, to provide a solid foundation for personal growth, development, and maturity; and

WHEREAS, reunification takes work, commitment, and investment of time and resources by parents, family members, family service specialists, foster parents, service providers, attorneys, courts and the community; and

WHEREAS, the accomplishments of families who overcome an array of challenges to reunify safely and successfully should be supported and celebrated;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Terence R. McAuliffe, do hereby recognize June 2016as FAMILY REUNIFICATION MONTH in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.