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Working at Child & Family Services of Northwestern Michigan means having a career that positively impacts your own community. Whether you’re looking for a full-time position, an internship program, or a volunteer opportunity, CFS is constantly seeking individuals committed to making northern Michigan a safer and healthier community for children and their families.

We understand that every one of our team members plays a critical role at our agency. That's why we've worked so hard to create a workplace that attracts and retains a diverse group of passionate, committed and talented individuals. 


Thanks to a competitive benefits package and an emphasis on work/life balance, we're able to provide opportunities for our employees to meet their personal and professional needs while contributing to an incredibly important cause.


For us, it's not just a job, it's a mission.

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Foster Care

The Foster Care Specialist is primarily concerned with the placement and supervision of children in foster homes and with corresponding efforts with the legal parents in an attempt to return children to their own homes. Foster Care is to be considered a temporary plan for the child and to that end, the Foster Care Specialist will focus treatment and goals for the child(ren) and his or her family that expedite effective permanency plans.


We are Pete's Place. We are a safe place and sanctuary for kids who have been kicked out, run away, or have no safe place to go. We serve homeless youth. Whether they are couch surfing, out on the streets, or just abandon. Our mission: "To ensure the safety and well-being of those we serve in times of crisis, challenge, and life transition." We offer a safe place and support to these young teens.

You should consider us for employment if you are looking for a place to be of service to our community and to the at-risk youth who live in our community.


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Foster Home Licensing Worker

Work with other caring and knowledgeable staff members at this respected non-profit to support foster families, families of origin, and children through licensing and training of foster family homes and adoptive homes.

This position covers the geographical area of the tip of northern lower Michigan to the Traverse City area. This licensing worker can be based remotely with the understanding that some travel will be necessary to foster home throughout this area. An agency vehicle is provided.

YouthWork Leaders & Members

Like long weekends, being outside, and getting things done for your community? Lead an AmeriCorps Crew! YouthWork Conservation Corps is hiring seasonal, full-time Crew Leaders for the summer 2021 season, beginning in May/June 2021. YouthWork, an AmeriCorps program of Child & Family Services, develops vulnerable young adults and their local communities through conservation, skilled trades, and other service activities. Our main office is in Traverse City, Michigan with crews serving remotely across Michigan.

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Safe Haven

Safe Haven provides safety and security to children and at-risk parents in situations of domestic violence and high conflict in the Grand Traverse Band’s six-county service area. The program provides supervised visits for parents who require supervision due to legal decisions and provides a safe place for custodial parents to exchange children without having to interact with each other. It also provides education and support services. If you are looking for a career that makes a direct impact on families and children in our community, has a flexible schedule, and puts people first - consider becoming a Safe Haven monitor.

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AmeriCorps Member

CFS is recruiting full-time (40 hours per week) AmeriCorps VISTA members for a one-year term of service. Individuals serving with VISTA – Volunteers in Service to America – receive a modest living stipend over their 365-day term, paid time-off, and earn a scholarship upon successful completion that can be used towards eligible student loans or current post-secondary education expenses. 
VISTAs support the “behind the scenes” work being done at CFS by helping the organization with capacity building activities – marketing, fundraising, data collection, creating or updating systems and tools, communications, building or strengthening partnerships, expanding current CFS programs, and more! Due to current COVID-19 restrictions, VISTAs will tele-serve until CFS offices safely re-open, at which time in-person service will resume. CFS will ensure candidates have the tools and training necessary to serve virtually from home.


Many employees describe our work environment as an extended family - supportive and there for each other when they need it, at work and in life. CFS understands that while working to empower our clients, self-care is vital. Just a few examples of this include:




Our committee is comprised of volunteer staff members that plan events throughout the year, including potlucks, holidays parties, and self-care days.




Full-time staff members are provided 20 paid days per calendar year, 12 agency holidays, 4 personal days per year, as well as generous a sick time policy.




Some financial assistance is available for those pursuing graduate degrees.



Every employee is eligible to receive up to three behavioral health sessions per year. 




“As an employee of CFS, I can honestly attest to a positive work environment. Not only are co-workers helpful and encouraging, but sympathetic to each others personal needs, strengths, and flaws. When expressing frustrations or let-downs, we are immediately picked back up. To feel accepted and respected is a true gift. On top of all of this - these people - this wonderful organization of friends, family, and community are constantly working to understand the complications others face and to work towards healing. It gives me hope that we are truly in this thing together."


—  Autumn, Safe Haven