“National Foster Care Month Activities Planned in Chemung County”
Thursday, May 05, 2011
Elmira- May is National Foster Care Month, a time to call attention to the needs of the 424,000 American children and youth in foster care and the foster parents, volunteers, mentors, child welfare professionals, and policymakers who play a role in keeping foster care temporary. Both the Adoptive Assistance and Child Welfare Act of 1980 and the Adoption and Safe Families Act of 1997 emphasized the need for child welfare agencies and courts to work together to use foster care as a short term service in achieving the desired outcomes of child safety, permanency, and well-being and of family preservation. In Chemung County we have approximately 110 children living in foster care.
Foster Care Month also honors the 153,000 foster families across the nation for providing safe, stable and supportive homes for children and young adults who are temporarily unable to live with their birth families. Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli has proclaimed May "Foster Parent Recognition Month in Chemung County" to honor the foster families in our county for their dedication, love, protection, stability and understanding they provide to our children.
The Chemung County Department of Social Services will be holding the 12th Annual Foster Parent Banquet on May 25, to honor these families. During the dinner the "McDonough Award" and the "Lifesaver Awards" will be presented to foster parents who have excelled in their foster parenting roles.
“Foster families provide safe, loving, stable and nurturing environments for children and youth in foster care until they can either safely reunite with their family or establish other lifelong family relationships. Their commitment and dedication to the children and families they serve is critical in helping children and families be successful. Every May we take this opportunity to thank them for their commitment to the children and families they serve, they are appreciated and valued by the staff of this agency and the children and families we serve. The foster parents of Chemung County all deserve special recognition,” said Kellie Lowman, Chemung County Director of Children and Family Services.
For the young people in foster care, the presence of caring adults can make an important difference. There are many ways we can all become involved to help these children and youth and their families during National Foster Care Month and throughout the year. Visit Child Welfare Information Gateway's National Foster Care Month webpage at www.childwelfare.gov/fostercaremonth to find:
For additional information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 1.800.394.3366.
If you would like to learn more about how you can change the life of a child in foster care call the Chemung County Department of Social Services at 737-5557. You can also speak with representatives from DSS at the orientation session on May 19th at 5:00 p.m. at the Department of Social Services offices located at 425 Pennsylvania Avenue in Elmira.
Click here to view the subject proclamation.