Family & Children Services, Inc. is governed by a volunteer board of directors consisting of 24 representatives equally distributed among the communities served. Board members reflect their communities’ needs and guide the agency in their varying areas of expertise. The Board determines policy and guides the growth and mix of services offered to the community. Board members are elected to serve three-year terms of office, limited to two terms.
The Agency currently employs 185 staff, serving clients primarily in Kalamazoo and Calhoun Counties with child welfare services supporting Allegan, Barry, Berrien, Branch, Cass, St. Joseph and Van Buren counties. Crisis Residential and Respite Services are provided to youth from 15 counties in the region including Kalamazoo and Calhoun, Allegan, Barry, Berrien, Branch, Cass, Kent, Lake, Mason, Muskegon, Oceana, Ottawa, St. Joseph and Van Buren counties. Agency services are delivered in client’s homes, in schools, crisis residential/respite homes, off-site locations and Agency service sites in Kalamazoo and Battle Creek. The quality of services offered is assured through state and local regulatory bodies, the Council on Accreditation (since 1987) and internal Quality Management functions directed at best practices in delivery of human services. Other committees include Safety, Staff Engagement & Wellness, Trauma and Diversity, Equity & Inclusion.
Family & Children Services’ operating budget for 2018 is $11,762,000. The Agency receives funding through contracts with the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS), Community Mental Health entities, insurance reimbursements, fees for services, United Ways, and contributions. Private contributions from individuals and businesses are welcomed. The Agency offers several vehicles for giving including HANDLE WITH CARE – our annual fund which provides for immediate client needs and services and is a safety net when there is no other source in our community. Circle of Hope – our endowment fund supports operations and works to ensure that critical human services are available for future generations. All gifts are deductible for income tax purposes to the extent provided by law. Family & Children Services has been designated by the Internal Revenue Service as a nonprofit organization that meets the qualifications of Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. The Agency is accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Services for Families and Children (COA) and is licensed by the State of Michigan as a Child Placing Agency, Child Caring Institution, and Substance Abuse Program.
Sherry Thomas-Cloud, MSW, LMSW
Chief Executive Officer
Joyce Daily-Spence, MA, LLP
Director of Child Welfare
Diane Marquess, MS, LPC
Director of Behavioral Health
Director of Operations
Director of Resource Development