Become a Foster Parent.

All children need a safe place to live, healthy food to eat and a positive, nurturing environment.

You can make a difference:

Foster care is an opportunity to provide a safe haven to children who range in age from birth to 17, from all racial and ethnic backgrounds.

The role of a foster parent:

Foster parents are essential to providing stable, temporary homes that protect and nurture these children in the hope of eventual reunification with their birth parents. Foster parents are 24-hour care providers and role models. They provide food and shelter and transportation to appointments. They are part of a team, working cooperatively with birth parents.

Services for foster families include:

  • Ongoing support
  • Educational training
  • 24-hour on-call service
  • Clothing allowance for child (twice a year)
  • Coverage of children’s critical needs that cannot be met by any other funding source

Why become a foster parent?
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Foster Care


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.

Please visit the Michigan Adoption Resource Exchange (MARE) for more information about children waiting for adoption.

Regional Service Areas

Family & Children Services’ Foster Care Program accepts direct referrals from agencies in Kalamazoo, Calhoun, Barry, Berrien, Branch, Cass, St. Joseph, Van Buren and Allegan Counties, although referrals are accepted from throughout the state. This service is available to children 0-17 years of age and their parents of all races and ethnic backgrounds.


Are you ready to foster a child?

We are searching for welcoming homes and loving parents, regardless of age, race, creed, gender, sexual orientation, income or educational level. Learn more about the need for foster parents in our community.

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