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Transitional Living

Each year, more than 800 children age out of Michigan's foster care system, and for many of these children, being on their own after spending much of their young lives in foster care can be frightening. Through our transitional living programs at MCHS, we are able to help young men between the ages of 16-20 years of age prepare for life as an adult and give them the confidence to succeed academically, professionally, and personally throughout adulthood.

Young men in our independent living program either work or attend school in addition to taking part in life-skills courses provided by our staff as well as outside individuals and organizations who have a skillset that may interest our boys. Topics include:

  • financial literacy
  • personal budgeting
  • community involvement and engagement
  • personal hygiene and grooming
  • household chores (cooking and cleaning)
  • post-secondary education preparation
  • skilled trades exploration
  • social skills
  • and so much more!

By the Numbers

  • The average age of a young person in a MCHS transitional living program is 17-years-old.
  • On average, these young men have spent approximately 6.4 years in foster care prior to arriving at MCHS.
  • In 2017, 12 young men completed the Independent Living Plus (ILP) program at MCHS.
  • Each week, the young men in the program take part in a minimum of four hours of life skills programming.
  • ILP residents spend a minimum of 20 hours each week either working or attending school.


If you are a DHHS or foster care worker and would like more information regarding placement in the MCHS transitional living programs, please contact Rachel at

If you are a DHHS or foster care worker and are looking for information regarding referrals, please contact Stephanie Sears at 313-531-3140 or

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