The challenge that many great families face when considering foster care is not knowing where to begin. Our team of Foster Care Navigators understand those “pre-application” anxieties and are here to help.
Our staff of Navigators have fostered, licensed, adopted and advocated for children in the foster care system. As a team, we don’t view the licensing process as a systematic one. It is, essentially, a life changing decision that requires intimate understanding and patience, both of which we can provide.
Regions 1 & 4
Region 1: Upper Peninsula- Alger, Baraga, Chippewa, Delta, Dickinson, Gogebic, Houghton, Iron, Keweenaw, Luce, Mackinac, Marquette, Menominee, Ontonagon, Schoolcraft. Lower Peninsula- Alcona, Alpena, Antrim, Benzie, Charlevoix, Cheboygan, Crawford, Emmet, Grand Traverse, Iosco, Kalkaska, Leelanau, Manistee, Missaukee, Montmorency, Ogemaw, Oscoda, Otsego, Presque Isle, Roscommon, Wexford
Region 4: Branch, Hillsdale, Jackson, Livingston, Lenawee, Monroe & Washtenaw Counties
Jacqueline Gant is an enrolled member of the Oneida Nation of the Thames Tribal Community and, in 1998, received a master’s degree in education from Harvard University, Graduate School of Education. Jackie has dedicated her life to working in the non-profit sector, with a few stops along the way in the corporate, legal and insurance sectors. However, it is working in First Nation Tribal Communities that gives her the most joy and a sense of satisfaction in her life – her goal is giving back to assist tribal communities to become stronger. Today, Jackie works in foster care on a statewide basis assisting Native and non-Native American families as they go through the foster care licensure process to become foster parents. Jackie’s main interest and love is being a mom to her 10-year-old adopted son, who has special needs, and being blessed each and every day for the joy he brings to her life.
Arenac, Bay, Clare, Clinton, Eaton, Gladwin, Gratiot, Huron, Ingham, Isabella, Lapeer, Midland, Saginaw, Sanilac, Shiawassee, St. Clair, Tuscola
Anita Hyde has worked in the social services field for over 15 years. She has served as a juvenile delinquent youth advocate, foster care and adoptive parent, parent educator and a supervised visitation worker. Anita’s personal and professional experiences have provided many opportunities for a strong base in advocating for foster and adoptive families as well as youth who are at risk. She became passionate when her family embarked on their foster and adoptive journey. Her family has fostered 10 children and adopted four of those children. While working in the field, Anita has involved herself formally and informally in supporting and advocating for others who walk the same path. Anita receiving her bachelor’s degree in family studies from Central Michigan University was a natural progression of her informal experiences as a foster and adoptive parent. She is active in her church and supporting her children’s current endeavors. She lives in Mt. Pleasant with her husband, children, dogs and cat. Anita spends her free time gardening, sewing, crocheting and taking 30 mile bike rides with her family.
Allegan, Barry, Berrien, Calhoun, Cass, Ionia, Kalamazoo, Kent, Lake, Mason, Mecosta, Montcalm, Muskegon, Newaygo, Oceana, Osceola, Ottawa, St. Joseph, Van Buren
Genesee, Macomb, Oakland & Wayne Counties
Allyson Reid has been working with children and families for over 15 years. As an early childhood educator, she encouraged early learning and family relationships through positive family interactions and open communication. She earned her Preschool Education child development associate certificate and studied psychology with an emphasis in child development. Allyson was a foster parent for three and a half years and recently expanded her family through adoption. She enjoys reading, knitting, snuggling her pup, and music in whatever free time she manages to find.