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Childhood is brief. 
There are countless opportunities for  you to change a lifetime
for a child in foster care by sharing your heart,
opening your home and giving hope to children and teens.


Get Started Now!

Please contact Shari Boone, Foster Care Recruitment Specialist

Kalamazoo Office: (269) 344-0202
Battle Creek Office: (269) 965-3247
Shari Boone Direct Line: (269) 488-7917

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Foster Parent Orientation Schedule 2014
If you would like to schedule an individual orientation,
please call 488-7917 or 501-0834.

















Boys - Foster Care
Who makes a good foster parent?
People of all walks of life make good foster parents.  Some are married or partnered; some are single, divorced or widowed; some own homes and some rent; some have children already in their home and some do not.   All these different people do seem to have several common characteristics. 

- 18 years of age or older
- Love children
- Have stable income
- Be able to commit to challenges
- A strong desire to make a difference in children’s lives.

Thank you for your interest in learning more about Foster Care & Adoption with Family & Children Services.
For an overview of how you can make a difference, please view the following video segments.

Video Segments

Overview and Orientation - Segment 1

Attachment and Separation - Segment 2

Impact of Fostering - Segment 3

The Licensing Process - Segment 4

Statement of Needs

Foster Care Statement of Needs

Adoption Statement of Needs




Become a Foster or Adoptive Parent

One Child at a Time - One Family at a Time - Making Connections

Foster Care
Foster care is an opportunity to provide children who have experienced the trauma of abuse or neglect safe haven. We provide refuge to children ranging from birth to 17, from all racial and ethnic backgrounds.  Foster parents are essential to providing stable, temporary homes that protect and nurture these children in the hope that their birth parents will become able. 

Unlike foster care, adoption is an opportunity for children to have a “forever family” when they are unable to live safely with their birth parents. We are currently accepting pre-adoptive families for school-aged children and older.

Services and support provided to foster and adoptive families include:
Staff support, including a 24 hour emergency on-call
Financial Reimbursement
Foster and Adoptive Parent Support Group
Ongoing training and development
HANDLE WITH CARE - a specialized fund to meet children’s critical needs that cannot be met by any other funding source.


Download Printable Brochure

Statement of Needs

Foster Care Statement of Needs

Adoption Statement of Needs

Regional Service Areas

Regional Service Areas








Foster Parent Documents


Michigan Department of Human Services - Forms

Please visit www.michigan.gov for an up-to-date directory of Department of Human Services forms.

Quarterly Newsletters

Fostering Footnotes newsletter


MARE distributes youth newsletters every quarter and they are available here for you to view online or print and read in your spare time.

MARE Newsletter for Youth


Resources for Parents and Individuals Who Work With Parents

Adolescent Violence Prevention Counseling people.bu.edu/pstring

American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry www.aacap.org

American Council for Drug Education www.acde.org

American Medical Association www.ama-assn.org

Annie E. Casey Foundation www.aecf.org

Bridges4Kids (special needs) www.bridges4kids.org

Building Blocks for a Healthy Future bblocks.samhsa.gov/

CHADD Children and Adults with Attention – Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder www.chadd.org

Children’s Defense Fund www.childrensdefense.org/site/PageServer

Family Education Network www.familyeducation.com

Kids Health kidshealth.org

Kids Campaigns www.connectforkids.org

*Michigan Adoption Resource Exchange www.mare.org

Michigan Department of Community Health www.michigan.gov/mdch

Michigan Department of Education www.michigan.gov/mde

Michigan Fatherhood Coalition www.michiganfatherhood.org

Michigan Head Start Association www.mhsa.ws

Michigan League for Human Services www.milhs.org

Michigan Steps Up www.michiganstepsup.org

Michigan’s Children www.michiganschildren.org

Mi Pediatra (Spanish-language site with child-health info) www.mipediatra.org

Michigan Association for the Education of the Young Child
(Month of the Young Child) www.miaeyc.org/moyc/MOYC08/MOYC_Page.html

*National Resource Center for Permanency and Family Connections http://www.nrcpfc.org/

National Association for the Education of Young Children www.naeyc.org

National Center for Family Literacy www.famlit.org

National Health Information Center www.health.gov/nhic

National Institute on Media and the Family www.mediafamily.org

National Institutes of Health www.nih.gov

National Network for Childcare www.nncc.org

National Parenting Center www.tnpc.com

National PTA www.pta.org

National SafeKids Campaign www.safekids.org

Office of Highway Safety Planning www.ohsp.state.mi.us

Parent Advocacy Coalition for Educational Rights Center
(for families of children with disabilities) www.pacer.org

Parent Center parentcenter.babycenter.com

Parenting Toolbox www.parentingtoolbox.com   www.4parents.gov

Parents as Teachers (PAT) National Center www.parentsasteachers.org

Planned Parenthood www.plannedparenthood.org

Prevention Network www.preventionnetwork.org

Stepfamily Network www.stepfamily.net/

The White House www.whitehouse.gov

Whole Family www.wholefamily.com

ZERO TO THREE www.zerotothree.org



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