Children Deserve Better

From Trauma to Hope in Foster Care

We are constantly warned about many things that contribute to poor health – bad diet, smoking, a lack of exercise. However, most don’t know about something else that dramatically impacts health and effects nearly two in three adults – exposure to childhood trauma. Adverse Childhood Experiences, referred to as ACEs, are traumatic events that can profoundly impact a child’s developing brain and overwhelm their ability … Continue reading From Trauma to Hope in Foster Care

Longtime Friend to CFS Becomes New Executive Director

Dear Friends, I am pleased to share with you that the Board of Directors has offered the position of CFS Executive Director (previously titled CEO) to Gina Aranki, and that she has accepted the position. We hope that this comes as good news to you, as the board is very excited and confident in this decision. We are excited about the work that Gina and the … Continue reading Longtime Friend to CFS Becomes New Executive Director

Fifth Third Check Presentation

Fifth-Third, Local Financial Institutions, and Others Saved Safe Haven from Closing

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Fifth-Third Bank, Local Financial Institutions, and Others Saved Safe Haven from Closing In September 2016, Child & Family Services of Northwestern Michigan was notified that the federal funding that sustained its Safe Haven program for 11 of the last 12 years would not be renewed. This placed the program in danger of closing its doors to the hundreds of families that relied … Continue reading Fifth-Third, Local Financial Institutions, and Others Saved Safe Haven from Closing

New Strategic Partnership for CFS

We are pleased to announce a new administrative partnership with Samaritas, a nonprofit human services organization serving lower Michigan for nearly a century. Samaritas brings long-held compassion and expertise in serving families and individuals. More about Samaritas at www.samaritas.org. The goal of this innovative partnership is to reevaluate the processes, programs, and priorities within CFS and position our organization to serve our communities for our next 80 … Continue reading New Strategic Partnership for CFS

Help Nonprofits Do Their Work, Without (Too Many) Conditions

It's been a challenging year for Child and Family Services, with revenues decreasing and regulatory requirements increasing.  It feels like nonprofit business as usual, with both these issues faced by nonprofits of all kinds here in northern Michigan and throughout our state and nation.  Many of us have as our mission society’s biggest, most intractable human challenges—poverty, child abuse and neglect, domestic violence, clean, safe … Continue reading Help Nonprofits Do Their Work, Without (Too Many) Conditions