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Faces of Foster Care

Faces of Foster Care tells the stories of people, like you, who have made a difference in the lives of youth in Michigan. Every person involved in foster care has a diverse background and experiences that offer a unique perspective.

We hope that each Faces of Foster Care story provides you with insight into foster care and encourages you to find a way to get involved. Join us in hearing stories of foster and adoptive parents, advocates, kinship caregivers, and more — Meet Michigan’s Faces of Foster Care.

Meet Michigan’s Faces of Foster Care

Precious and Maria

Meet Marla and Precious: College Life after Foster Care and Adoption

Precious is full of energy. Having grown up in foster care, she leans into challenges and isn’t afraid to put in the work needed to achieve her goals. She embraces new opportunities and heading to college was no exception. Learn more about her transition to college and her encouragement for other teenagers in her position.

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Bell Family Photo

Meet the Bell Family: Faith and Foster Care

The Bell Family jumped in with both feet as they welcomed their first child in foster care. They are now adoptive parents to a sister/brother duo, and biological parents to a son and daughter. They continue foster care work including respite care, in addition to Adam’s role coordinating the Macomb County Faith Communities Coalition (FCC).

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Sarah and Boys Photo

Meet Sarah: She’s Fostered Over 20 Teenage Boys

Sarah began her foster care journey when she welcomed a teen boy who needed a place to stay into her home. Two years later, she was asked to
foster another teen boy. Over the course of the last 10 years, Sarah has welcomed over 20 teen boys into her home.

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Jackie Gant Photo

Meet Jackie: The Voice for Her Adopted Son

At 37 years old Jackie Gant was living in Chicago. She was an accomplished professional with a great job, good income and opportunities to travel across the United States. Even with this success, Jackie still felt there was something missing from her life, but she didn’t know what. She left her job, returned to school, and found a new purpose as an adoptive parent and Foster Care Navigator.

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