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A Source of Hope


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Since 1903, Family & Children Services has provided a continuum of care for youth and families in Southwestern Michigan. Our mission is to support, strengthen, and preserve the safety, well-being, and dignity of children, individuals, and families.



Who we served in 2022:





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Income Under 200% Poverty Level

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Under Age 19

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Find Therapy


Whether you’re struggling with depression, anxiety, or something you can’t explain, we are here for you. If you are not in a crisis but are interested in getting help through our counseling center, learn more about our locations and therapists.


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Get Help Now


For youth who are experiencing a crisis, we provide immediate interventions 24/7 through our Mobile Crisis Response program. Call 269.373.6000 now for immediate help.


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Support Our Work


Our ability to take care of youth and families depends on the generosity of people like you. There are many ways you can help Family & Children Services improve lives, from volunteering to donating to our endowment or annual funds.


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Become A Foster Parent


Family & Children Services continually needs welcoming homes and loving parents. When you share your heart and home, you can change the course of a child’s life in miraculous ways.

Learn more about what foster parenting could mean for you.

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Join Our Team of Caring Professionals


We are looking for talented people like you to help bring hope to children and families in our community. We offer a competitive benefits package, a collaborative team environment, and opportunities for continued training and advancement.

Get to know our culture and the meaningful careers we offer.

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family and children services counselors are the heart and soul of our team
Family & Children Services
Family & Children Services2 days ago
May 2024 has officially been declared Michigan Moves Month in the state of Michigan!

Michigan Moves Month is designed to celebrate, promote, and encourage every Michigander to be more physically active and benefit from the mental and physical rewards of moving their bodies. More and more people in Michigan are working sedentary jobs and spending fewer hours being physically active, but physical activity is essential in helping prevent the development of negative health outcomes, both mentally and physically.

For the month of May, our Wellness Committee has begun a workplace walking challenge for Family & Children Services staff. Each day the committee has set walking goals, all with the hope that it encourages staff to process some of their own stress and trauma through movement.

We hope you’ll be encouraged by our example, and that of the State of Michigan, to move a little more this May!
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Family & Children Services3 days ago
Showing up matters. Authentic relationships have lifelong impacts. There are almost 10,000 youth in Foster Care in Michigan alone. These youths need someone to show up for them, to know they aren’t alone.

If you are interested in learning more, click here. Our Licensing Specialists will answer all your questions, with no pressure to sign up unless you’re ready.
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Family & Children Services5 days ago
Last week Tornadoes tore through our community impacting thousands of people, some of whom are clients of Family & Children Services.

Thanks to donors who give to our Annual Fund, HANDLE WITH CARE, we were able to offer immediate assistance to our clients who lost everything. Hotel rooms, blankets and clothes, food, and school supplies – all were provided in a matter of hours to ensure our clients were kept safe and stable under the most terrifying circumstances.

We could not meet these immediate and life-saving needs for our clients if it weren’t for people like you. If you would like to be a source of hope in moments like these, join our group of generous donors today.
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Family & Children Services2 weeks ago
Christie Dando with Greenleaf Trust recently dropped off donations for our year-round pantry!

Though the holidays are often when people think of donating new clothing and household items for our clients, we accept donations all year. That way our Specialists can swing by and pick up items their clients need or grab toys or books for children who have worked hard in school or in relationships. Our pantry is a great way to help support our clients.

Greenleaf Trust continues to be an exceptional partner in our mission. A high percentage of their employees donate to us every year, as an organization they partner with us for Holiday Giving and donate a truly spectacular number of gifts to 15 of our foster youths, and they sprinkle donations like this one throughout the year as well. We are humbled by their support of us and the work we do. Thank you, Greenleaf Trust!
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Family & Children Services2 weeks ago
Recently we unveiled our Wellness Room in our Kalamazoo offices!

Family & Children Services has many agency committees that employees can join, all with the goal of supporting the agency in meeting the needs of individuals served and in supporting staff. Both the Trauma and Wellness committees had been looking to address ways to support staff with their physical and mental wellness. The decision was made to dedicate a room for staff to have the opportunity to decompress during the workday.

In the new Wellness Room staff can lounge in a comfortable chair, surrounded by plants, to release the stress and tension of the day. Or they can opt instead to do a little yoga or a quick workout to process some of their feelings in a healthy way. We know how hard our staff works with the under resourced in our community, so we are constantly looking for new and unique ways to support them the way they support the individuals and families we serve!
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Family & Children Services3 weeks ago
Last week a group of dedicated volunteers from Target Distribution Center 587 came to beautify a few of our spaces for the individuals and families we serve. Though the weather was chilly, it didn’t stop this group from making a huge impact on our outdoor space! This same group of people, and more from their center, have also partnered with us for Holiday Giving and provided truly remarkable holiday seasons for our client families.

Target is such a great partner because we both understand that we all deserve beautiful and peaceful surroundings. Target believes as we do, that a healthy and vibrant community consists of healthy and vibrant individuals and families. Thank you so much to Target volunteers for their help in supporting children and families!