About Us

Family & Children Services, Inc. is governed by a volunteer board of directors consisting of 26 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.

Board of Directors

Our Staff

The Agency currently employs 150 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. Agency services are delivered in client’s homes, crisis 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.

2021 Agency Organization Chart

Agency Organizational Chart

Funding

Family & Children Services’ operating budget for 2021 is $11,550,000. 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 opportunities 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 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 and Child Caring Institution.

Funding

Licensing - Contracts - Affiliations

  • County Community Mental Health Entities with Southwest Michigan Behavioral Health
  • Council on Accreditation of Services for Families and Children (COA) is the largest, comprehensive, private accrediting body of social and mental health agencies in the United States. The Agency received its first accreditation from COA in June 1997.
  • Communities in Schools of Kalamazoo
  • Michigan Department of Health and Human Services
  • Michigan Federation for Children and Families
  • Strong Families/Safe Children, a collaboration of local United Ways, MDHHS and area Agencies
  • State of Michigan as a Child Placing Agency and Child Caring Institution

Agency Management Team

Sherry Thomas-Cloud, MSW, LMSW

Sherry Thomas-Cloud, MSW, LMSW
Chief Executive Officer

Diane Marquess, MS, LPC

Diane Marquess, MS, LPC
Clinical Director

Kitty Scheffers

Kitty Scheffers
Director of Operations

Elizabeth Lord, MA

Elizabeth Lord, MA
Children’s Services Director Interim

Courtenay VanderMolen

Courtenay VanderMolen
Director of Resource Development

Allison Bland

Allison Bland
Quality Services & Compliance Manager

Agency Management Team

Sherry Thomas-Cloud, MSW, LMSW

Sherry Thomas-Cloud, MSW, LMSW
Chief Executive Officer

Kitty Scheffers

Kitty Scheffers
Director of Operations

Diane Marquess, MS, LPC

Diane Marquess, MS, LPC
Clinical Director

Elizabeth Lord, MA

Elizabeth Lord, MA
Children’s Services Director Interim

Courtenay VanderMolen

Courtenay VanderMolen
Director of Resource Development

Allison Bland

Allison Bland
Quality Services & Compliance Manager