From Fear to Success

Jen and Denny were first turned onto fostering by a good friend who was a Foster Care Navigator. After several years of prodding, they felt they were ready to jump in and have been fostering since 2017. Together, Jen and Denny have 3 biological children, 2 adopted children, and 2 foster children – most of …

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13 Years Beyond Relative Caregiving

Denise and Jim call themselves “seasoned”, and after 13 years of fostering, who wouldn’t? What began as a journey to adopt their biological grandson has grown into a very busy household with two adopted children and four foster children. Denise and Jim have built a strong support network of family, friends, and community resources over …

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Fostering Through Their Fears, Finding Support and Love

Small, but mighty, Jamie and Andrew’s family is growing in both size and strength through foster care. After enduring the loss of a miscarriage and the heartache of infertility, Jamie and Andrew weren’t ready to give up on their dream of growing their family and turned to adoption. Deeply moved by stories they heard at …

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Assemble The Team

In most action movies you’ll find a similar formula: a situation arises, and the main character assembles a team of trusted allies to achieve their goals – que team assembly montage. Whether you’re just starting out on your fostering journey, or you’ve taken numerous placements, having a support team that covers multiple areas of need …

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Recruitment is a Community Effort

Are there specific recruitment strategies that have been most effective in Michigan? TL:DR – YOU! This is a bit of a hard one, since each part of the state functions a little differently, and thus will have more/less effective strategies depending on location. Broadly speaking, however, we’ve noticed that the most effective method of recruitment …

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Renewing Family Bonds

A parent’s story When I went into labor with my youngest son in June 2012, I refused to go to the hospital, believing a positive drug test would mean my baby would be taken from me. In a lot of pain, I finally decided I had to go to the hospital. After learning of my …

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Life Book Tip

  Life Book- Tips Set time aside each month with your child to work on their Life Book Make it fun; if your child gets frustrated or tired stop and work on it later As your child is working on it this is a great opportunity to talk about your child’s feelings

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Teen Statistics

  Foster a teen and make a difference in their life! 16% of youth in foster care are ages 12-15 17% of youth in foster care are ages 16-18 3% of youth in foster care are over 19 years old Only 37% of youth/teens are reunified with their biological parent(s) 50% of youth in foster …

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