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State of Vermont

House of Representatives

Montpelier, Vermont

Joint Concurrent House Resolution

H.C.R.  137

House concurrent resolution honoring the role of foster parents during foster parent month

Offered by:  Representatives Andrews of Rutland City, Acinapura of Brandon, Ancel of Calais, Browning of Arlington, Clarkson of Woodstock, Consejo of Sheldon, Copeland-Hanzas of Bradford, Davis of Washington, Devereux of Mount Holly, Donaghy of Poultney, Donahue of Northfield, Evans of Essex, Fisher of Lincoln, Flory of Pittsford, Frank of Underhill, French of Randolph, Gervais of Enosburg, Gilbert of Fairfax, Grad of Moretown, Haas of Rochester, Head of S. Burlington, Heath of Westford, Helm of Castleton, Howrigan of Fairfield, Jewett of Ripton, Komline of Dorset, Krawczyk of Bennington, Larson of Burlington, Leriche of Hardwick, Lorber of Burlington, Malcolm of Pawlet, Manwaring of Wilmington, Martin of Springfield, McCormack of Rutland City, Milkey of Brattleboro, Monti of Barre City, Mook of Bennington, Moran of Wardsboro, Morrissey of Bennington, Mrowicki of Putney, Nease of Johnson, Obuchowski of Rockingham, Oxholm of Vergennes, Partridge of Windham, Pellett of Chester, Peltz of Woodbury, Potter of Clarendon, Pugh of S. Burlington, Sharpe of Bristol, Stevens of Shoreham, Sweaney of Windsor, Trombley of Grand Isle and Turner of Milton

Offered by:  Senator Nitka

Whereas, a stable, loving, and nurturing home environment is desirable for every child growing up in Vermont, and

Whereas, unfortunately, all too many children experience abusive or neglectful family situations that cause the children significant trauma, and there are other children whose delinquent or disruptive behavior results in intolerable stress for their parents, and

Whereas, although the department for children and families strives to return children under the department’s custody back to their homes of origin as soon as possible, there are situations in which the only viable option is to place a child in foster care, and

Whereas, approximately 1,200 children reside in foster family settings for either brief or indefinite periods of time, and

Whereas, foster parents are dedicated individuals who serve as nurturing custodians and supporting adults who enable children and parents to restart their often shattered lives and reconnect with each other if at all possible, and

Whereas, categorized foster care options have been created to address specific types of situations, and

Whereas, emergency foster care provides children a refuge for a brief transitional period of time, kinship foster care involves care for either relatives or children in a family-like bonding situation, legal risk foster care occurs when the foster parents agree in advance of a placement to provide a permanent home if a child cannot return to his or her birth parents, independent-living foster care is designed to provide a home for older teenagers who are in need of guidance toward living on their own, and specialized foster care is for children with more acute and time‑consuming requirements, and

Whereas, in celebration and appreciation of the genuine dedication and affection that foster parents provide to children, the month of May is being observed throughout the country as foster parent month, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly honors foster parents in Vermont during foster parent month, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Project Family at the Vermont Foster and Adoptive Family Association and the department for children and families.



Published by:

The Vermont General Assembly
115 State Street
Montpelier, Vermont