Department of Family Services – Children and Families

Fairfax County, Virginia

CONTACT INFORMATION: Monday–Friday 8 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

703-324-7500
TTY 711

12011 Government Center Parkway, Pennino Building
Fairfax, VA 22035

Oriane Eriksen,
Director

September is Kinship Care Awareness Month – Proclamation

Kinship Care Awareness Month 2021 Keeping Children Connected to Family

Kinship Care Awareness Month Proclamation

WHEREAS, the 2019 American Community Survey indicates that nearly three million children in the United States, nearly 70,000 children in Virginia, and nearly 4,000 children in Fairfax County, are being raised in kinship care by grandparents, aunts and uncles, other relatives, and close family friends, when the parents are unable to do so due to challenging family situations; and 

WHEREAS, kinship caregiving is found in all socioeconomic, educational, ethnic and racial backgrounds, providing many opportunities as well as unique challenges; and

WHEREAS, every child in Fairfax County deserves the opportunity to grow and learn in a supportive, loving, safe home environment while retaining a sense of family, cultural heritage and community ties; and

WHEREAS, Fairfax County is committed to partnering with public and private organizations to prioritize a kin-first culture, where children are raised within their families whenever possible, and those families are celebrated for their strengths and expertise; and 

WHEREAS, a kin-first culture is in alignment with Fairfax County’s One Fairfax Policy which is committed to examining existing policies, programs, and services through an equity lens to promote fairness and justice for all county residents; and

WHEREAS, Fairfax County is committed to supporting kinship families who are raising a relative’s or close family friend’s child on their own or with Child Welfare support; and

WHEREAS, kinship families continue to need services like Kinship Cafés, trainings on issues important to kinship families, assistance with finding and accessing needed services, and information about permanency options; NOW 
THEREFORE

BE IT RESOLVED that the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, on behalf of all residents of Fairfax County, does hereby proclaim September 2021 as 

Kinship Care Awareness Month

in Fairfax County and urges all residents to acknowledge and celebrate the importance of kinship caregivers and the children they are raising in stable, loving and nurturing households.

Jeffrey C. McKay, Chairman
Fairfax County Board of Supervisors


2019 Kinship Awareness Month Proclamation Group Photo
2019 Kinship Awareness Month Proclamation Group Photo


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