WHEREAS, positive parental and familial relationships are critical every child in Alaska; and
WHEREAS, in instances of high-conflict divorces, separations, or other difficult situations, parental alienation can occur when one parent or other adult family member attempts to undermine or destroy the bond children have with the other parent. Exposure to these behaviors can cause serious emotional and psychological challenges, such as low self-esteem, anxiety, or depression; and
WHEREAS, regardless of the circumstances of the conflict at hand, all family members must consider the children’s need for emotional support, their need for stability, and their long-term wellbeing as a primary concern; and
WHEREAS, we can boost and strengthen the importance of positive family relationships in our communities and aid families during their time of crisis by providing support, motivation, and inspiration to ask for outside assistance if needed; and
WHEREAS, all throughout our state, Alaska 2-1-1 is available during troubling times to connect Alaskans with resources for aid which includes counseling, child care, and legal assistance as well as other resources; and
WHEREAS, a strong Alaska is dependent upon healthy families and communities for our children, the most precious resource we have.
NOW THEREFORE, I, Bill Walker, GOVERNOR OF THE STATE OF ALASKA, do hereby proclaim April 25, 2015 as:
Children First Day
in Alaska, and encourage Alaskans in all communities to promote healthy family relationships, treat everyone with respect, and look for opportunities to meet the needs of others.
Dated: April 16, 2015