Proclamation from the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors
WHEREAS. as of June 30 this year, 37 percent of the
children in foster care in Fairfax County were African American,
although less than 10 percent of our county's total population is
African American; and
WHEREAS. of the 18 children in foster care today who are
waiting for adoptive homes to be identified, 6 children – one-third
of the total – are African American; and
WHEREAS. recent data tells us that children who age out of
foster care without a permanent family are more likely to remain
undereducated, become homeless or incarcerated, and have employment
and health problems; and
WHEREAS. significant progress has been made in recent years
to reduce the total number of children in foster care, yet we
continue to need adoptive families for some children, especially
African American children, NOW THEREFORE
BE IT RESOLVED, that the Fairfax County Board of
Supervisors, on behalf of all residents of Fairfax County, does
hereby proclaim October 2010 as
African American Adoption
in Fairfax County, and urges all residents to remember that it is
never too late for a child to have a family, recognize families who
have adopted African American children and further the awareness of
this critical need.
Sharon Bulova, Chairman
Fairfax County Board of Supervisors
September 28, 2010
Nannette Bowler, DFS Director, remarks for acceptance of
proclamation declaring October as African American Adoption
Awareness Month in Fairfax County
September 28, 2010
I am honored to accept this proclamation on behalf of the
Department of Family Services and our community partners.
Eighteen (18) children in our county's foster care program today
need adoptive homes. Six (6) of these children are African
While less than 10 percent of this county's population is African
American, over 33 percent of the children needing adoptive families
are African American.
We appreciate Supervisor Hudgins' effort to bring this situation
to the community's attention. I believe, as I know she does, that
in a county of over a million people we should be able to find six
families for six children.
We need to work fast, because children are not children for long.
Aging out of foster care without a permanent family places a young
person at much higher risk for life difficulties, including
homelessness, health problems, and incarceration.
Working side by side as a community we will find families
for our children.
If you know of someone who wants to know more about becoming a
foster or adoptive parent, please have them call us at 703-324-7639
and come to one of our monthly orientation meetings.