Dear Christine Perkins:
It is my pleasure to once again proclaim October as Foster Family Month in British Columbia. As Minister of Children and Family Development, I am honoured to recognize some of our province’s most dedicated people. October presents an opportunity to express our gratitude for the selfless work of a foster parent, who provides not only food and shelter but also, more importantly, positively nurtures and guides the lives of British Columbia’s most vulnerable children and youth.
Government relies on foster caregivers to provide day-to-day stability, care and support to these young people; without them our system would be inoperable, and we would fail to support those who need it most. It brings me great joy to report that, as part of government’s commitment to supporting foster caregivers in their important work, the BC Government announced an increase to the Family Care Rate (also called the maintenance rate) in February 2019. This increase took effect in April 2019 and marks the first maintenance rate increase since 2009. Although alleviating some financial pressures is a step in the right direction, our province continues to owe foster caregivers a huge debt of gratitude.
This month, I invite you to show the people in your community how important these everyday heroes are to our province. I want to encourage you to get involved in celebrating these amazing individuals and their families for working day and night to provide support to children and youth in care. It is my hope that you take the time to acknowledge, host, celebrate, and participate in Foster Family Month appreciation events in your community.
On behalf of the Government of British Columbia, thank you for your continued support in recognizing the foster caregivers in your community.
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