Become A Foster Parent

We are recruiting new foster parents as our program is expanding.

  • Metro Detroit
  • Ann Arbor
  • Jackson County
  • Macomb County
  • Oakland County
  • Monroe County

On any given day there are approximately 14,000 children in foster care in Michigan; some 400,000 in out-of-home care in the United States (Childrensrights.org).

 

  • Foster care is a temporary living arrangement which provides a family-like setting for abused, neglected, and dependent children who need a safe place to live when their parents or another relative cannot take care of them.

  • Often their families face issues such as illness, alcohol or drug addiction, or homelessness.

  • As a foster parent, you will make a positive impact in the life of these children.

 

When Children’s Protective Services (CPS) believes a child is not safe, and a judge agrees, CPS removes the child from where they are living, takes custody of that child, and finds a foster home for him or her. Length of stay in foster care varies from a few days to much longer.

 

The purpose and primary goal of foster care is to allow the child’s family the time and services necessary to develop an appropriate parenting plan for their child and to resolve their family issues.

 

iStock 000000840143XSmallFoster care is meant to be temporary; adoption is meant to be permanent.

 

Because foster care is considered to be a temporary placement, it is not a good idea to become a foster parent with the expectation that you will always be able to adopt a child placed in your care. A foster parent is expected to work with the agency and birth parents in the hopes that the family will be reunited. If parental rights are terminated, though, foster parents will be considered as adoptive parents for the child. Many families have been built from being the child’s foster parents first.

 

 

*HATW shall make all written policies, procedures and program statements, required by the State of Michigan Bureau of Children & Adult Licensing –Licensing Rules for Child Placing Agencies, available for review by the public.

 

 Foster Parents Bill of Rights

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