Our Mission.

We strive to ensure the safety and well-being of children, youth, adults, and families in times of crisis, challenge, and life transition.

About Us.

Child & Family Services is a nonprofit organization serving 20+ counties of northwestern Michigan. Since 1937, we have provided foster care and adoption services to our community. Over the years, the organization has grown to respond to the community’s changing needs, adding counseling, supervised visitation and exchange, intensive family preservation, and more to its roster of programs. 

In January 2014, Child & Family Services merged with Third Level Crisis Intervention Center and now additionally provides 24/7 crisis counseling, youth shelter and youth services, and more to our community through seven locations in northern Michigan. In 2015, Child & Family Services opened its Trauma Assessment and Treatment Center and medical/behavioral health practice at Kids Creek Children's Clinic, one of the first of its kind in the state.

Our child welfare, counseling, crisis, shelter, and wraparound programs, along with our governance model, are accredited by CARF, assuring our stakeholders of our commitment to excellence in our clinical and administrative practices. Our Crisis Services are accredited by the American Association of Suicidology, the standard-setting body for crisis and suicide prevention services.

Our Programs.

Using a trauma-focused lens, Child & Family Services' programs help children, youth, adults, and families heal and grow.  We serve our community through seven offices across northern Michigan. 

Foster Care and Adoption. Child & Family Services licenses foster homes and connects foster parents with children who need them. When foster care is not an option, Child & Family Services also provides adoption services, creating new "forever families." Free, ongoing training, referrals, education, support groups, and mentoring are frequently offered to make foster care and adoption the most beneficial to the children and families served.  Our child welfare programs are accredited by CARF, assuring stakeholders of their commitment to excellence in clinical and administrative practices. Click here for more information.

24/7 Crisis Counseling and Suicide Prevention. Third Level, a program of Child & Family Services, offers counseling and support for youth and adults as they navigate life’s challenges. Third Level’s 24-hour crisis center provides immediate counseling to those suffering. Trained counselors are available seven days a week in person, on the phone, online, and through text messaging. Third Level is a part of the National Suicide Prevention Line and those at risk of suicide or suffering from depression who call from a northern Michigan area code are routed to trained Third Level crisis counselors. Click here for more information.

Youth Services. Child & Family Services offers youth and their families several alternatives for dealing with different problems they may be facing. All services offer counseling, case management, referrals, and skill building to struggling teens. Youth service programs may provide temporary or long-term housing for teens that are unable or unwilling to go home but are not, for whatever reason, candidates for foster care or adoption. We also operates Pete’s Place, the only youth shelter in the area. Click here for more information.

Behavioral Health Services. Child & Family Services’ Behavioral Health Department provides counseling services to people of all ages. Our licensed therapists offer comprehensive individual and family counseling on a variety of issues. In April 2015, the behavioral health team moved to Kids Creek Children’s Clinic in order to provide innovative, integrated medical and behavioral treatment. This location also houses CFS’ new Trauma Assessment and Treatment Center, which began completing assessments in July 2015. Click here for more information.

Our Board of Directors & Board of Trustees.

The Child & Family Services Board of Directors and Board of Trustees are made up of volunteers from throughout northwestern Michigan.  They come from diverse professional and personal backgrounds, and we are grateful to them for their energy and commitment to our mission.

Board of Directors 2017 Term

Erica Walsh   (President)
Lisa Thomas   (Vice President)
Bryce Hundley   (Treasurer)
Rick Summers   (Secretary)
Diane Emling

Ruth Gilmer
Jason Jeffrey
Chris Mohrhardt
Robert Needham
Terry Paquet
Rob Tubbs

Board of Trustees 2017 Term

Alan Olson   (President)
Ken Petterson   (Vice President)
Warren "Bud" Cline III   (Treasurer)
Erik Falconer   (Secretary)
EmmLee Cameron
Bob Cornwell
Jeremy Hawke
Galen Krupka
Sheila Morgan

CEO Management Team

Mike Carda   Chief Financial Officer
Paula Smith   Director of Clinical Programs
Gina Aranki   Director of Communications

Our Strategic Plan Goals.

Goal 1: Child & Family Services at the leading edge – shaping to our strengths through program innovation and right-sizing.

Goal 2: Achieve a stable, independent funding base.

Goal 3: Organization of choice in which to invest. Redefine community image.

Click here to view our entire Strategic Plan.

Our Code of Ethics.

Click here to view Child & Family Services' Code of Ethics.

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