Commonwealth of Massachusetts
A Proclamation
His Excellency Governor Deval L. Patrick

Whereas According to the Department of Children and Families, there are approximately 7,000 children currently living with foster families, who provide these children a safe harbor from the devastating effects of domestic violence, abuse, and neglect; and

Whereas Foster parents open their hearts and homes to children in need, providing a secure and nurturing environment until these children can reunite successfully with their birth parents or find a permanent home with an adoptive family; and

Whereas Foster parents provide children with love, hope, guidance and the opportunity for a better future, while working with a team of professionals to ensure that the children’s physical, mental, and emotional needs are addressed; and

Whereas Foster parents often play an important role in teaching new and prospective foster and adoptive families valuable parenting techniques and related life skills; and

Whereas It is appropriate for all Massachusetts citizens to recognize the outstanding commitment and service provided by dedicated foster parents to the Commonwealth’s most vulnerable children,  

Now, Therefore, I, Deval L. Patrick, Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, do hereby proclaim May 2012, to be

Foster Care Month

And urge all the citizens of the Commonwealth to take cognizance of this event and participate fittingly in its observance.

Given at the Executive Chamber in Boston, this twenty-fifth day of April, in the year two thousand and twelve, and of the Independence of the United States of America, the two hundred and thirty-fifth.

His Excellency                  
Deval L. Patrick                    
Governor of Massachusetts

William Francis Galvin            
Secretary of the Commonwealth   

God Save the Commonwealth of Massachusetts