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Foster Care

Providing Safe Havens

Foster care provides safe havens for children who have been removed from their parents' care because of abuse and/or neglect. The placement is often quite sudden and may be for a short or an extended period of time. These children are boys and girls, and range in age from 0-18. They come from a variety of social and economic backgrounds, and each child's situation is unique. Many foster children have special needs related to their emotional, physical or mental health. Foster parents provide compassionate care every day until these children are able to return to their biological families or are adopted. Foster children need stability and reassurance because they are often confused, frightened and traumatized. All children have the right to be safe and to experience the love and support of a family. You can be the one to change a child's life forever by opening up your home and your heart to a foster child. 

For more information on our foster care program, including becoming a foster parent, please contact the MCHS Placement Office at 313-531-6190. We hold a Foster Home Licensing Orientation and PRIDE trainings monthly for those interested in becoming foster parents. Applicants typically need to attend one licensing orientation and three PRIDE training classes. You can find the dates for these trainings on our calendar; however, please note that pre-registration is required. 

Facts and Figures:

  • In 2015, 97 children were served through our foster care program. 
  • The average age of a child in foster care was 5 years old. 
  • 75 of those children were under the age of 10
  • 21 were infants
  • 62% do not know the whereabouts of their father
  • 38% have parents who are incarcerated
  • Children in our foster care program for an average of 374 days 
  • 41 of our foster children found forever families

 

For more information on our foster care program, including becoming a foster parent, please contact the MCHS Placement Office at 313-531-6190.