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Our financial partners are vital to our success

YouthWork’s financial partners are vital to the program’s success and sustainability. YouthWork uses a sustainable financial model with diverse funding sources that include fees-for-services for projects completed.


The more grant funding and donations that are received, the less YouthWork is required to charge for services. This means your investment not only supports YouthWork and our vulnerable members, but our project partners as well.


  • 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.


Want to learn more, visit a crew, or discuss what your investment means to YouthWork and our community?


Contact Linda Sommerville, Development Director, at or complete the contact form on this page.

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