This guide was compiled by the Foster Care Navigator Program team for use by foster parents, agencies, youth in foster care and anyone who supports families and children in the child welfare system in Michigan. As foster parents, we recognize that there are many valuable resources and supports available in Michigan for children and families which enable us to provide the opportunities that all children in our care deserve. We also know that these resources are often underutilized because we are unaware of them.

The Michigan Foster Parent Resource Guide was developed to “get the word out” about ways that non-profit organizations, educational institutions, faith communities, concerned citizens and government agencies are coming together to support children and families in the child welfare system.

We also recognize that this list may not be comprehensive and we are discovering new resources every day. Please feel free to suggest additions to this list or to ask about any of the resources listed by contacting us. The Foster Care Navigator Program team can be reached at 1-855-MICHKIDS (642-4543). Also, please “friend” us on Facebook for more resources and up-to-date information.

Thank you for your commitment to Michigan’s children.

The Foster Care Navigator Program Team

Counseling and Mental Health

A guide to CMH mental health providers by county:

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SED Waiver

The SEDW enables Medicaid to fund necessary home and community-based services for children with serious emotional disturbance who meet the criteria for admission to the state inpatient psychiatric hospital and are at risk of hospitalization without waiver services.,5885,7-339-71550_2941_4868_80988-427532–,00.html

Michigan Department of Health & Human Services Health Oversight and Coordination Plan:

This is a good source of information about policy and ways that workers and systems are working to collaborate towards improving mental health service delivery to foster youth.

LGTBQ Youth: A guide for foster parents, counselors, and social workers