Ensuring safe & loving homes for abused, neglected and vulnerable children and youth. Approximately 13,000 Michigan children are in foster care at any given time.
Child and Family Charities foster care program serves children who are removed from their homes due to abuse or neglect. Some foster children are infants, but most are older children who require temporary care until family troubles are resolved or until placed for adoption.
Foster care is provided by families who are recruited, trained, licensed, and supported by the agency. Weekly therapy, team meetings, frequent foster home and school visits, enhanced support to the foster parents, and crisis intervention characterize the services of foster care.
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Foster Care FAQ's
Q: What is an Orientation?
A: An orientation is a 2 hour meeting at the agency where you can learn about the expectations of being a foster parent, learn more about what children are in need of placement and what you can expect in the licensing process.
Q: What is the Application and Licensing Packet?
A: Once you complete an orientation, you may sign a foster parent application (2 pages) and begin to provide us with information about your home, your family and the reasons why you have decided to become a foster parent.
Q: How long does the process take?
A: Once you sign an application, you are required to become licensed within 180 days (6 months).
Q: What is involved with Foster Parent training?
A: Prior to becoming licensed, applicants are required to attend 12 hours of specific training curriculum. Trainings are held in person in a group setting with other applicants from other agencies so that you may benefit from collaboration with others
Q: What is a Home Evaluation?
A: A licensing specialist will collect the licensing paperwork from you and conduct 2 to 3 face to face visits with you and your family in your home. The evaluation is a collection of information about your home, your family, your beliefs and goals as well as to ensure that your home is in compliance with the state licensing rules.
Q: How long will children be in my home?
A: Children who enter foster care may need a short term placement (1-2 weeks up to 12 months) or a longer term placement (12+ months or a permanent placement through adoption).
Q: Who will I work with?
A: A licensing specialist will assist you with getting started and will maintain at least annual contact with you for as long as you remain a foster parent. When a child is placed in your home, you will have a case manager who will interact with you on a more frequent basis.