On Wednesday, September 14, Congressperson Karen Bass (D-CA) introduced H.Res. 867  recognizing September as National Kinship Care Month.

The effort to recognize September as National Kinship Care month has been actively promoted for several years by key leaders for kinship care including the New York State Kinship Navigator program.  This year and in the past several states including Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Maryland, Michigan, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, South Dakota, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, and Wyoming either have gubernatorial proclamation or state legislative resolutions honoring kinship families in their respective states.

The House Resolution says in part, “…National Kinship Care Month provides an opportunity to urge people in every State to join in recognizing and celebrating kinship caregiving families and the tradition of families in the United States to help raise children…”