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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.


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.


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.

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.

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Here for those that need help now.

Counseling Services

We provide counseling to children, youth, adults, families, and couples on a variety of issues. Where appropriate, our counselors utilize a trauma-informed approach to treat our clients, as well as other evidence-based models of treatment. We also offer tele-health counseling in order to help our clients heal on their terms. Click here for more information.

Child Trauma Assessment & Treatment Center

CFS’ Trauma Assessment and Treatment Center assesses children, as young as two and as old as 18, and provides treatment to people of all ages. The Center uses a trans-disciplinary team to help anyone working with a child processing trauma, using intervention tools needed to help the child increase resilience, improve functioning, and reach their full potential.

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Wraparound Program

CFS’ Wraparound Program provides community-based support and individualized planning for children, including those with severe emotional and behavioral disorders (SED), and their families. Wraparound helps connect in-need families with a community network of support that bring hope and a sense of belonging for those that need it most. Click here for more information.

Crisis Respite

The Crisis Respite Program provides basic care, safety, and a nurturing environment during short-term placements for children and youth. Trained foster parents work closely with case managers to help de-escalate family crisis situations, and provide an opportunity to implement problem solving techniques in a more neutral setting.

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Safe Haven

Safe Haven is a supervised visitation and safe exchange program for families affected by domestic violence or high conflict, and is the only program of its kind in northern Michigan. Our goal is to provide a safe, supervised, age-appropriate, and friendly environment for children to visit with their non-custodial parent or exchange between parents for visits. Click here for more information.

Mom’s Empowerment Club

For moms and children (ages 5-12) who have been exposed to domestic violence, this program is a resource for sharing parenting experiences and concerns while receiving support for a team of peers and professional health experts. Children meet separately during the mom sessions and are supported through age-approprate activities designed to build self-esteem and learn coping skills.

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Always A Parent Class

For parents wanting to improve their parenting skills or are having difficulty communicating with a co-parent, the “Always a Parent” program emphasizes the impact of parents’ behavior on their children, and teaches parents positive, effective and cooperative communication techniques in an enjoyable, interactive way. Classes are offered monthly and times vary according to current needs. Click here for more information.


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

Youth Services

Offering youths (ages 12-20) alternative solutions for sorting out life’s ongoing challenges. Third Level Youth Services help youths deal with conflict at home, help find temporary or long-term housing, and provide on-going counseling. Our counselors work with anyone who has runaway, has threatened to runaway, are in need of protection, may be at risk of homelessness, or that are experiencing family conflict. Click here for more information.

Pete's Place Youth Shelter

Pete's Place is the area's first and only youth shelter. We opened in 2007, as we realized our community's teens needed a safe place to go when things got rough. Pete's Place can provide a safe place to go while you try to work things out at home or figure out what's next. Our shelter is voluntary and free (financial need is never asked) for teens without a safe place to stay.

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Free Legal Aid Clinic

The Free Legal Aid Clinic is an opportunity for individuals to receive private, free, and confidential legal advice and problem clarification from attorneys from the

Grand Traverse-Leelanau-Antrim Bar Association, who volunteer their time to answer legal questions for children and families in need. Please note: Services are provided on a first-come, first-served basis to the first 15 people registered, and you must call ahead to register. Click here for more information.

Suicide Prevention and Community Education

Through our relationship with the National Suicide Prevention Hotline, Third Level Services offers crisis counseling and community education trainings. From SafeTALK, a half-day alertness training, to Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST), our suicide prevention and awareness programs are designed to make sure no child in northern Michigan feels alone or abandoned.

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YouthWork Industries is the newest offering from CFS, and provides work-based learning opportunities for youth throughout Michigan. Our youth members 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.