[Extensions of Remarks]
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IN RECOGNITION OF ORCHARDS CHILDRENS' SERVICES ON ITS 55TH ANNIVERSARY
HON. DEBBIE DINGELL
in the house of representatives
Thursday, May 11, 2017
Mrs. DINGELL. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to recognize Orchards
Childrens' Services as it celebrates its 55th anniversary. Orchards
provides critical adoption, foster parenting and family preservation
services throughout southeast Michigan.
Founded in 1962 by the Greater Detroit Section of the National
Council of Jewish Women, Orchards Children's Services provides
comprehensive services and supports to vulnerable children in the
southeast Michigan community. The organization recruits, trains and
licenses foster parents to provide care for children in need of these
services. Additionally, Orchards facilitates adoptions and runs several
Post Adoption Resource Centers to ensure that these children and their
adoptive families receive the support and resources to help make the
transition a success. The organization also maintains a scholarship
fund to help Orchards foster children afford a college education.
Orchards' Promise Scholarships provide critical financial support to
help these children achieve success in college, and every child who
receives an Orchard Promise scholarship has achieved at least a 3.0 GPA
at a Michigan University.
Orchards Children's Services has played a key role in providing
resources and support to vulnerable children in the southeast Michigan
community. Since the organization began its adoption program in 1986,
it has helped place over 3,000 children with adoptive families. It also
serves over 5,000 children through its family preservation programs,
which provide assistance like household organization and other skills
training to help stabilize families and keep them together.
Collectively, these initiatives have helped empower children in need to
reach their potential and provide them resources for success later in
life, and I am confident that Orchards will continue its excellent work
in the coming years.
Mr. Speaker, I ask my colleagues to join me in honoring Orchards
Childrens' Services on their 55th anniversary for their work on behalf
of Michigan's children. Orchards' programs have helped support
vulnerable children in southeast Michigan.