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You don't have to be a perfect parent, to be a perfect parent for a child.

When children are abused or neglected, they may be removed from their homes on a temporary basis by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) to protect them from further harm. 
 
Child & Family Services works with MDHHS to find homes
for children, to provide treatment and support, and to
resolve any issues that have made their homes unsafe. 

 
Family reunification in a safe home is always the goal
offoster care.

FOSTER CARE

Intro to Fostering Orientation 

Intro to Fostering,
September 28th at 5:45 pm 

Join us for a virtual foster
parent orientation. Talk to a licensing worker about the
steps involved in becoming
a foster parent. 

Intro to Fostering,
October 5th at 12 pm
Join us for a virtual foster parent orientation.
Talk to a licensing worker about the steps involved in becoming a foster parent. 

Intro to Fostering,
October 26th at 5:45 pm
Join us for a virtual foster parent orientation.
Talk to a licensing worker about the steps involved in becoming a foster parent. 

Please note: Even though our orientations  are virtual, they are intended for those living in our northwestern Michigan service area, who are interested in fostering children in the area.

Our licensing staff are available to answer
any questions you
may have. They will be hosting virtual orientations through Zoom on the dates
listed below. If these times don't work for you,
request an individual orientation at the link below. 

Informational Drop-In Events

Licensing staff will be available at each event to speak with and get your questions answered. Foster parents are always needed to care for foster children in our community. Hope to see you there!

October 6th, 2022

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Join us 10/6/22 10am-12pm for a drop-in information event. Held at the the After Depot 26 127 W Cass St, Cadillac, MI 49601. Licensing workers will be available to talk to about foster parenting and fostering to adopt! Bring your questions (and a friend)!

Table events

October 1st, 2022

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Join us 10/1/22 9am-5pm at the A Yak or 2 Ranch, 6885 County Rd 571 NE, Mancelona, MI 49659. We will have a table with information and giveaways. Licensing workers will be available to answer any questions you may have about foster parenting or fostering to adopt. Hope to see you there!

October 2nd, 2022

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Join us 10/2/22 11am-2pm for at the Big Gay Bruch at the open space in Traverse City. We will have a table with information and giveaways. Licensing workers will be available to answer any questions you may have about foster parenting or fostering to adopt. Hope to see you there!

 
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WHO CAN BE A FOSTER PARENT?

Foster and adoptive families come in all shapes and sizes – just like the children they care for.  CFS acknowledges all family structures.

 

Parents may be married or unmarried couples, or single adults.  They may be childless or have kids living at home.  Still others have raised their children to adulthood, but want to continue parenting.  Some are parenting their nieces or nephews or grandchildren.  They are your neighbors, co-workers, and

members of your church. 

Foster and adoptive parenting takes a natural love of children, an ability to set guidelines, provide direction, and work with our staff as part of a treatment team.  

Stamina, a healthy attitude, and special skills (which we help you obtain), are important too.  

Click here for more info on adoption.

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Do I have to be married? Do I have to have children of my own?  Do I have to own my own home? Do I have to be employed?


No, you do not have to be married, have children of your own, or own your home.  Likewise, you do not have to be employed. However, you must be able to show a stable income.

How long does the licensing process typically take? 


Each case is different. Typically, individuals or families can be licensed in
four to six months.

Do I get “paid” for having a foster child in my home?


Foster parents do receive some reimbursements that help to cover some costs associated with caring for a foster child. Additional resources and financial support may be available through CFS or our partners. If you have a need that is not covered by your reimbursements, you should contact CFS. We may be able to help.

What are some of the challenges that foster parents’ experience? 


Being a foster parent is a tough, but rewarding job. We find that the most common challenges for our foster families include dealing with behavioral issues, working with the child’s biological family, and when the child is returned to their family. CFS will support you through any challenges that arise.

What if I only want to adopt? 

The first goal in foster care is to try to reunite the child with their family.

Foster families need to be able to support the treatment plan that is agreed upon

by the treatment team, which includes social workers, therapists, judges, foster parents, and attorneys. When reunification is not able to occur, foster parents

are asked if they could adopt the child into their family if it is in the best interest

of the child. For more about adoption, click here

WHAT DO OUR FOSTER PARENTS SAY?
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"I researched several different organizations and was very impressed with what Child and Family had to offer in terms of support to foster parents. I went from a single woman to a mother of three overnight, and I am so happy that I did. "

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“It’s been so great for our biological daughter.  It’s helped her understand that some people are less fortunate, and that in some small way, we can help – no ‘crusade’ – just sharing our pot of food with a kid who needs a place to stay.”

“For so many of you it probably passes your minds but you think “oh I could never do that – you have to give them up don’t you?” or “I couldn’t do that to my family” I have heard both of those A LOT. Yes, you think about the time that may come when they go back but think about the difference that you would make in their lives for the time that you have them. The difference between when we got our little guy and now is incredible. Our family had a huge part in that. It is REWARDING. So even if you think you can’t – I can tell you that you can…”

 

CONTACT US

231-946-8975 Traverse City, MI

231-347-4436 Harbor Springs, MI 

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