Foster Care Awareness Month Proclamation at May 16 City Council Meeting

Foster-Care-Proclamation-May2016 (3) WEBDuring the May 16 City Council meeting Chrissy Mayberry, Executive Director with Hope Childrens’ Home, received from Mayor Harry Rediger a proclamation honoring May as “Foster Care Awareness Month” in Cape Girardeau. The proclamation’s text is as follows:
Whereas, the family is our most important resource for providing Missouri’s children with love, dignity, and self-determination; and whereas, there are more than 18,290 children and youth in foster care in our State and 2,837 in the Southeast Missouri Region; and whereas, every child in foster care deserves the security and opportunity for growth that a family can provide; and whereas, a child’s success is best supported in a system that is family-focused, child-centered, and community-based; and whereas, foster, adoptive, and kinship parents provide Missouri’s children with the opportunity to be part of a caring family and help them reconnect with their families through reunification, permanent placement with relatives, or preparation for adoption; and whereas, through the partnerships among foster, adoptive, and kinship parents and public and private child-serving organizations, including HOPE Children’s Home, Voices for Children -CASA, MO Children’s Division and local churches, efforts are made to ensure that children are safe and their voices are heard as we work for the success of every child. Now, Therefore, Be It Resolved that I, Harry E. Rediger, Mayor of the City of Cape Girardeau, Missouri, do hereby proclaim May 2016 as Foster Care Awareness Month and encourage citizens, community agencies, religious organizations, businesses, and others to celebrate foster care, honor families that grow through foster care as well as birth parents who are working toward reunification for their children, further awareness of the changes and issues in foster care, and focus attention on those children who live in the shadow of an uncertain future while they await permanent families. In Witness Whereof I have hereunto set my hand and caused to be affixed the Seal of the City of Cape Girardeau, Missouri, this 16th day of May 2016. – Harry E. Rediger, Mayor