WHEREAS, Alaska’s children are our future, and every child deserves to experience the security and love of a stable home; and
WHEREAS, on an average day, thousands of Alaskan children are unable to remain safely in their homes and as of October 2023, 2,600 Alaskan children were living in out-of-home care; and
WHEREAS, despite desire and genuine efforts, it is not always possible to return children to their homes, and these children need the security, encouragement, and cultural continuity that only a permanent adoptive or guardianship family can offer; and
WHEREAS, adoption and guardianship can provide a healthy home life with parental love, nurturing, and the security and stability of a permanent home – a “forever” family; and
WHEREAS, strong families are the heart of our communities and the backbone of our achievements, and children waiting for adoptive families need our love and support; and
WHEREAS, with deep gratitude, we recognize the families who have opened their hearts and homes to give children in need a second chance through adoption or guardianship, and we encourage Alaskans to consider providing a safe haven for children through foster care, adoption, or guardianship.
NOW THEREFORE, I, Mike Dunleavy, GOVERNOR OF THE STATE OF ALASKA, do hereby proclaim November 18, 2023 as:
in Alaska, and encourage all Alaskans to honor adoptive parents and Alaska’s children, and to support community and state efforts to provide all children with secure, nurturing, and permanent families.
Dated: November 18, 2023