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CFS PROGRAMS

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A trusted resource
for Michigan families

Since 1937, Child & Family Services have provided a safety net for the most vulnerable children and families of Northern Michigan though a collection of behavioral health services, parenting resources, foster care and adoption assistance, youth outreach and support, and shelters for runaway, homeless or displaced adolescents.

CFS' Foster Care, Adoption, Licensing, Behavioral Health, Pete's Place, and Respite programs are CARF accredited! This accreditation decision represents the highest level of accreditation that can be awarded to an organization and shows the organization’s substantial conformance to the CARF standards. An organization receiving a Three-Year Accreditation has put itself through a rigorous peer review process and has demonstrated to a team of surveyors during an on-site visit that its programs and services are of the highest quality, measurable, and accountable.

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Child & Family Services is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees, clients, and stakeholders free from discrimination or harassment.

CHILD WELFARE PROGRAMS
Foster & Adoption

Child & Family Services connects foster and
adoptive parents with children who need them.
Emergency, respite, short-term, and long-term
placements are needed and available. 

  • Foster Care
    While family reunification in a safe home is always preferred, abused or neglected children may be removed from their home by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. CFS works with MDHHS to find homes for children, to provide treatment and support, and to resolve any issues that have made their homes unsafe. Click here for more information.
  • Adoption
    When a new permanent living situation is required for abused and neglected children in the our program, CFS helps connect children with prospective adoptive parents throughout Northern Michigan. We're here to explain the adoption process, answer any questions, and prepare you to be the best adoptive parent possible. Click here for more information.
  • Host Homes
    Option 1: SHORT-TERM Our short-term Host Homes program is for youth 12-17at risk of becoming homeless due to an unsafe or unstable home environment. While the youth stay with a host family for 2-3 weeks, CFS Helps facilitate family reunification by providing counseling and other resources. Host Home for the youngest age group (12-15) must be licensed. Option 2: LONG-TERM Our long-term Host Homes program is for youth ages 16-21 who are experiencing homelessness and need a stable home environment where they can gain independent living skills and prepare for adulthood. This option is also available to some youth in foster care ages 16-19 who are more independent and need a different type of family setting to continue to grow and learn. CFS will help the youth by providing counseling, case management, and more. The goal is to build permanent connections, self-sufficiency and overall well-being. Click here to learn more.
  • Pregnancy Support
    CFS offers free pregnancy counseling and support to expectant mothers. We'll talk through all of your options, help you make a plan, and be there throughout the entire process to make sure you're safe, well, and comfortable, no matter what you decide. Our counselors are compassionate, non-judgmental, and very knowledgeable about your options. Click here for more information.
  • Respite
    Respite provides an opportunity to offer temporary and occasional relief to a child and the child's current caregiver to support the overall well-being of the family unit, by providing placement in a licensed respite home. Respites can be either planned or emergency placements and can be as brief as just one night. Providing respite care requires full foster home licensure but the process is expedited through the specific help of the dedicated Respite Program Licensing Worker. Support Groups and Networking Events will occur throughout the year to connect Respite Providers with each other, the agency, and the homes that might have kids placed with them. Click here for more information.
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Here for those that need help now.

  • Foster Care
    While family reunification in a safe home is always preferred, abused or neglected children may be removed from their home by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. CFS works with MDHHS to find homes for children, to provide treatment and support, and to resolve any issues that have made their homes unsafe. Click here for more information.
  • Adoption
    When a new permanent living situation is required for abused and neglected children in the our program, CFS helps connect children with prospective adoptive parents throughout Northern Michigan. We're here to explain the adoption process, answer any questions, and prepare you to be the best adoptive parent possible. Click here for more information.
  • Host Homes
    Option 1: SHORT-TERM Our short-term Host Homes program is for youth 12-17at risk of becoming homeless due to an unsafe or unstable home environment. While the youth stay with a host family for 2-3 weeks, CFS Helps facilitate family reunification by providing counseling and other resources. Host Home for the youngest age group (12-15) must be licensed. Option 2: LONG-TERM Our long-term Host Homes program is for youth ages 16-21 who are experiencing homelessness and need a stable home environment where they can gain independent living skills and prepare for adulthood. This option is also available to some youth in foster care ages 16-19 who are more independent and need a different type of family setting to continue to grow and learn. CFS will help the youth by providing counseling, case management, and more. The goal is to build permanent connections, self-sufficiency and overall well-being. Click here to learn more.
  • Pregnancy Support
    CFS offers free pregnancy counseling and support to expectant mothers. We'll talk through all of your options, help you make a plan, and be there throughout the entire process to make sure you're safe, well, and comfortable, no matter what you decide. Our counselors are compassionate, non-judgmental, and very knowledgeable about your options. Click here for more information.
  • Respite
    Respite provides an opportunity to offer temporary and occasional relief to a child and the child's current caregiver to support the overall well-being of the family unit, by providing placement in a licensed respite home. Respites can be either planned or emergency placements and can be as brief as just one night. Providing respite care requires full foster home licensure but the process is expedited through the specific help of the dedicated Respite Program Licensing Worker. Support Groups and Networking Events will occur throughout the year to connect Respite Providers with each other, the agency, and the homes that might have kids placed with them. Click here for more information.
Third Level

Third Level Services programs are designed to improve youth development, strengthen family functioning, and reunite families.

  • Foster Care
    While family reunification in a safe home is always preferred, abused or neglected children may be removed from their home by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. CFS works with MDHHS to find homes for children, to provide treatment and support, and to resolve any issues that have made their homes unsafe. Click here for more information.
  • Adoption
    When a new permanent living situation is required for abused and neglected children in the our program, CFS helps connect children with prospective adoptive parents throughout Northern Michigan. We're here to explain the adoption process, answer any questions, and prepare you to be the best adoptive parent possible. Click here for more information.
  • Host Homes
    Option 1: SHORT-TERM Our short-term Host Homes program is for youth 12-17at risk of becoming homeless due to an unsafe or unstable home environment. While the youth stay with a host family for 2-3 weeks, CFS Helps facilitate family reunification by providing counseling and other resources. Host Home for the youngest age group (12-15) must be licensed. Option 2: LONG-TERM Our long-term Host Homes program is for youth ages 16-21 who are experiencing homelessness and need a stable home environment where they can gain independent living skills and prepare for adulthood. This option is also available to some youth in foster care ages 16-19 who are more independent and need a different type of family setting to continue to grow and learn. CFS will help the youth by providing counseling, case management, and more. The goal is to build permanent connections, self-sufficiency and overall well-being. Click here to learn more.
  • Pregnancy Support
    CFS offers free pregnancy counseling and support to expectant mothers. We'll talk through all of your options, help you make a plan, and be there throughout the entire process to make sure you're safe, well, and comfortable, no matter what you decide. Our counselors are compassionate, non-judgmental, and very knowledgeable about your options. Click here for more information.
  • Respite
    Respite provides an opportunity to offer temporary and occasional relief to a child and the child's current caregiver to support the overall well-being of the family unit, by providing placement in a licensed respite home. Respites can be either planned or emergency placements and can be as brief as just one night. Providing respite care requires full foster home licensure but the process is expedited through the specific help of the dedicated Respite Program Licensing Worker. Support Groups and Networking Events will occur throughout the year to connect Respite Providers with each other, the agency, and the homes that might have kids placed with them. Click here for more information.
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YouthWork
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YouthWork Industries is an AmeriCorps program that provides service-based learning opportunities for young adults throughout Michigan. Participants learn important job and life skills, complete incredible, visible, and lasting projects in their home communities, and build lifelong relationships with other members and YouthWork staff.

YouthWork has generated a lot of excitement in northern Michigan, due to the real-life learning experiences and community empowerment centered at the heart of this program.

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