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WHEREAS, we recognize that there are children in our communities who may not have a safe and stable placement with their family, or whose families may be experiencing great difficulty and hardship; and

WHEREAS, the development of our children begins at home and in Nevada there are more than 4,000 youth in foster care being cared for by a foster family; and

WHEREAS, all young people in foster care need a meaningful connection to a caring adult who becomes a supportive and lasting presence in their lives; and

WHEREAS, foster, kinship, and adoptive families who open their homes and hearts and support children whose families are in crisis play a vital role in helping children and families heal and reconnect, thereby helping launch young people into successful adulthood; and

WHEREAS, prioritizing kinship care by identifying connections rather than just placement options, and maintaining community ties makes a difference in the lives of children and youth and can shift the foster care system to one that truly supports families; and

WHEREAS, dedicated foster families frequently adopt foster children, resulting in a greater need for more foster families, especially those willing to take older children, children with special needs, and sibling groups; and

WHEREAS,  all Nevadans can play a role in supporting healthy outcomes for our children and families through advocacy and engagement, not limited to answering the call to foster; and

WHEREAS, this month, the State of Nevada joins all of those involved with foster care in recognizing their loyal and steadfast devotion to the safety, stability, and well-being of Nevada's children and families year-round;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, STEVE SISOLAK, GOVERNOR OF THE STATE OF NEVADA, do hereby proclaim the month of May 2022, as

FOSTER CARE MONTH IN NEVADA

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IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Great Seal of the State of Nevada to be affixed at the State Capitol in Carson City, this 22nd day of April 2022.

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