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
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
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