Become A Foster Parent

Making a Difference in Their Lives

It takes just one step to begin a wonderful journey towards changing lives. The support, love and guidance foster parents provide to a child in their home will have a lasting impact on the life of that child, their family and the community.

What is foster care?

The State of Michigan is in need of caring individuals who can provide a safe and nurturing home environment for children who have been placed out of their home due to abuse or neglect. Foster care is founded on the premise that all children have the right to physical care and educational and emotional nurturance. The family foster care program is designed to provide a substitute family life experience for a child in a household that has been approved and licensed by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services or by a private agency contracted with the state to provide foster care. Children may need foster care for a temporary or extended period of time. The primary goal during foster care is to reunite the child with his or her parents. The foster family plays an important role in the treatment plan for the child and family. Under the “team” approach, foster parents or relatives, together with the worker, attempt to provide the specific kind of help a child and his family need for reuniting the child with the parents. When the child cannot be reunited with the parents, the children are prepared for permanent placement, with relatives, the foster family or non-related adoptive families. For older youth, the permanency goal can sometimes be preparation for independent living.

Download a Welcome Packet

Be a Foster Parent

Foster Parent Welcome Letter
Foster Care Navigator Brochure
Where do I begin? – Answers to Frequently Asked Questions about Foster Care
Certification (Licensing) Process-Best Practice Timeframes
Finding an Agency That’s Right for You
Michigan Foster Care Agencies by County​
Licensing Rules – CWL-PUB-10_502652_7

Be a Relative Caregiver

Relative Caregiver Welcome Letter
Foster Care Navigator – Relative Specialist Brochure
Relative Caregiver Resources and Responsibilities
Frequently Asked Questions and Tips
Relative Caregiving: What you need to know
Home Visit Checklist
Licensing Rules – CWL-PUB-10_502652_7