In Michigan, there are approximately 13,000 children in foster care and 300 children who still need an adoptive family. We need your help to provide a safe, nurturing home for these children until they can be returned to their families. When children cannot be returned to their homes, foster parents are often asked to provide permanent homes.
5 Steps to Become a Foster Parent
What it Takes to be a Foster Parent
Foster children need caring individuals who can provide a safe and nurturing home. The primary goal during foster care is to reunite the child with his or her parents. This can take some time - we need caring adults who are willing to provide stability and safety for children in their care.
Foster parents should be committed individuals who are:
- Willing to work with the child's birth parents.
- Supportive of efforts to return the child home.
- Able to work with children who have emotional and behavioral needs.
- Able to encourage teens toward independent living.
- Willing to provide a permanent home if necessary.
Understanding the Foster Care Program
Foster Care identifies and places children in safe homes when they cannot remain with their families because of safety concerns. Foster families provide these children with the consistency and support they need to grow.
Our main goal is to return children back to their homes when it is safe. If a return home is not possible, adoptive families are needed.
Other Ways to Help Children in Your Community
- Raise Awareness about Becoming a Foster Parent - Download & Share
- Make College Dreams Come True - Fostering Futures Scholarship
Michigan Education Trust scholarships benefit young adults who have experienced foster care.