Every child deserves a loving, supportive, and safe home. Every child deserves to thrive in an environment that supports their creativity, dreams, and sheer curiosity. Every child deserves to be taken care of and fed without fear. Every child deserves to be hugged and told that they are loved.
Unfortunately, this is not what every child receives when they are born.
Currently, there are approximately 14,000 children in foster care in Michigan. This is where our foster care team steps in to be a voice and advocate for these children.
Our foster care team works one-on-one with the birth parents, children, and foster parents to ensure that all of the child’s needs are being met. The case managers also help the birth parents access community services and resources to help alleviate the barriers that brought the children in care. This could be anything from substance abuse issues, housing, employment, mental health issues, or medical issues. The case managers work with the birth and foster parents to provide services for the children if they are experiencing any academic, mental health, or behavioral issues.
There are two main goals of the foster care program. The first goal is to achieve permanency for the child in a timely manner. Ideally, this would be reunification with the birth parents when the parents have removed the barriers that brought the child into care. The other option for permanency is adoption once the court system has decided that the birth parents are not able to appropriately provide for the child. Our second main goal goes hand-in-hand with the first goal and it is to keep the focus on the child’s well-being and what is in their best interest. Our case managers and foster parents are the voice for the child. Whether it be attending school board meetings, therapy sessions, medical appointments, etc to ensure that the child is receiving the best and most appropriate services possible. We strive to work with the family to help them stay together. However, sometimes that cannot be achieved and it is in the child’s best interest to remain with their foster family on a more permanent basis.
Our foster parents play a vital role in the foster care system and the children’s lives. They provide the children with a supportive, nurturing family environment and treat the children as if they were their own. They provide for the child’s medical, emotional, developmental, and educational needs. They work with the foster care workers to be an advocate for the children. They also support the child’s reunification plan wit
h the birth family. In some case, the foster family agrees to care for the child for a longer period of time.
We are always looking for individuals, couples, and families that are looking for a way to help their community and the families within them. Foster parents have a tough job but it makes a huge impact in a child’s life and their family’s lives.
Qualifications of a foster parent/family include:
• Being of good moral character
• Ability to physically, mentally, and emotionally provide for the needs of foster children
• Ability to demonstrate an understanding of the needs of children
• A willingness and ability to work with the child’s family
• Completion all required trainings
If you are interested in learning more about our program and how you can help, please contact our foster care department at 734-971-9781 ext 448 or go to our link and fill out an interest form.