About Foster Care Navigators
What is a Foster Care Navigator?
A FCN is someone who serves as liaison between current and prospective foster parents and their agency. Each FCN will mentor, through their own experience, parents navigating through the world of foster care.
Modeled after the Michigan Adoption Resource Exchange (MARE) Adoption Navigator program, Foster Care Navigators are trained and experienced current and former foster parents who have navigated through their own foster care experiences.
Why choose a Foster Care Navigator?
Whether you have been a foster parent for several years or you are just inquiring about becoming a foster parent, the benefits of having a Navigator are invaluable. Our staff of navigators work with both the State of Michigan Department of Health and Human Services and private agencies to support the continuing growth of Michigan’s foster parent population. We work to empower, educate and advocate for all individuals who wish to continue as or become foster parents. Learn more about our Foster Care Navigator team.
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.