History

For over 100 years—since 1911, Child and Family Charities has been protecting and strengthening families in need. Our origins demonstrate that we were initially the Ingham County Branch of Michigan Children’s Aid Society (members of the Association of Charities of Lansing). The agency’s founding purpose was “to secure for every child the same love and the same opportunity that we would have our children receive should they be left orphaned or friendless.” Early efforts focused on services to unwed mothers, adoption, and the recruitment of foster homes for abandoned children. Over the years, the agency has evolved into a multi-service organization serving diverse populations in the central Michigan region.

Today, through 6 division and 17 programs, Child and Family Charities has grown to a service provider offering a full-spectrum of support to over 6,000 children, youth and families each year in the mid-Michigan area.  The primary mission of our private, nonprofit organization is to professionally and compassionately address the needs of abused, neglected and at-risk children and youth and their families, assisting them in overcoming crisis and the tough obstacles families face in a constantly changing society.

“The agency continues to thrive and grow. It is because of the outpouring of support from the local community, individuals, organizations, and corporations; that we are able to do the good that we do for so many children and youth.”

Dawn Mead, LMSW
Director of Child Welfare
with over 26 Years Experience in Child Welfare Services