By Judith Fischer Wollack, president of AACFA
Across the country, the need for foster parents is high. This is true in Michigan too.
In our state, there are approximately 13,000 children in foster care and 300 children who still need an adoptive family, according to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. The non-profit, accredited child welfare agencies that make up the Association of Accredited Child & Family Agencies have resources for those interested in giving children in need a loving and safe place to call home.
Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer in her recent executive budget recommendations supported an 18 percent increase to go toward maintenance payments for foster care, adoptive and juvenile guardianship families. These payments have not increased since 2012. That means Michiganders who foster children would have more financial resources to support their family.
AACFA agencies desperately need people to become foster parents and make a difference for these children, who have often experienced neglect and/or abuse in their homes.
Our non-profit, accredited child welfare agencies offer an array of resources for those interested in becoming foster parents, and we can walk you through it every step of the way.
Please visit one of our agency websites to learn more about how you can make a difference:
- Oakland Family Services’ Frequently Asked Questions about foster care is a great place go for common questions about what the fostering process looks like.
- Children of all ages find homes through Wolverine Human Services, and Wolverine will help facilitate the process.
- Foster parents receive training and ongoing support from Ennis Center for Children, and you can contact Ennis Center for more information.
- Orchards Children’s Services staff continue to recruit, train and license new foster parents.
- Our member Spectrum Human Services also offers services and resources for foster parents.
No matter where you are on the foster care journey, our agencies can help. Make a difference in the life of a child by becoming a foster parent.