Support Groups for Foster Parents

 

 

 

 

 

 

AGENCY SUPPORT GROUPS

 

 

Alger County DHHS  

Training Coalition:

3rd Tuesday of the month

6pm to 8pm

Marquette DHHS, 234 W. Baraga Avenue, Marquette, MI 49855

Coalition consist of Alger DHHS, Marquette DHHS, Schoolcraft DHHS, Catholic Social Services, Upper Peninsula Family Solutions, Child and Family Services, Juvenile Court, and Sault Tribe Binogii Placement

 

Support Group:

2nd Monday of the month

1pm

Marquette Missionary Church, 1804 Wright Street, Marquette, MI 49855

Geared towards foster parents in Alger, Marquette, and Schoolcraft Counties

 

Allegan County – Bethany Christian Services

Support Group

Utilizes Mosaic Fostering Together Group

3rd Tuesday of the month

6:30pm to 8:30pm (6pm; light dinner served)

Ridge Point Church, 3014 104th Avenue, Holland, MI 49423; Door E

RSVP: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScnhBqZUDtmOl9DkizQn6fZZVg0n2Yk4iU045wzibV9V05RjQ/viewform

For foster parents Ottawa and Allegan Counties

 

Arenac County DHHS

Support Group

Utilizes Adoptive Family Network Support

3rd Monday of the month

6:30pm to 8m

Li’l Sprouts Daycare, 2801 Sterling Road, Omer, MI 48749

RSVP needed

Contact Person: Margaret White; mwhite@afsn.org

Geared towards foster parents in Arenac County but all foster parents are welcome

 

Bay County DHHS

Support Group

Utilizes Adoptive Family Network Support

2nd Monday of the month

6:30pm to 8pm

River’s Edge Learning Tree Child Development Center, 311 Germania, Bay City, MI 48706

RSVP needed

Contact Person: Margaret White; mwhite@afsn.org

Geared towards foster parents in Bay County but all foster parents are welcome

 

Berrien County DHHS

Support Group

1st Friday of the month

12pm to 1:30pm

Contact Person/RSVP: Jamie Tunnicliff; 269-363-5669

The Chapel, 4250 Washington Avenue Saint Joseph, MI 49085

Geared towards foster parents at local private agencies and DHHS offices in Berrien, Cass, and Van Buren Counties

 

Calhoun County – Family and Children’s Services Inc.

Support Group

3rd Tuesday of the month

6pm to 7:30pm

Family and Children’s Services Inc., 1608 Lake Street, Kalamazoo, MI 49001

Contact Person/RSVP: Karin King; 269-344-0202 ext. 121

Geared towards foster parents in Allegan, Barry, Berrien, Branch, Calhoun, Cass, Kalamazoo, and St. Joseph Counties

 

Calhoun County – Family Enrichment Center

Support Group

3rd Saturday of the month

9am to 12pm

Family Enrichment Center, 415 S. 28th Street, Battle Creek, MI 49015; Choir Room

Contact Person: Becky Brinks or Kim Harris; 269-660-0448

Only for their foster parents

 

Support Group for Parenting High Needs

3rd Monday of the month

6:30pm to 8:30pm

Family Enrichment Center, 415 S. 28th Street, Battle Creek, MI 49015; Back Office

Contact Person: Becky Brinks or Kim Harris; 269-660-0448

Only for their foster parents

 

Cass County DHHS

Support Group

3rd Thursday of every other month (September, November, January, etc.)

5:30pm to 7:30pm

Riverside Church, 207 E Michigan Ave, Three Rivers, MI 49093

Only for their foster parents

 

Charlevoix County (Faith Based)

Support Group

Community Reformed Church

100 Oak Street, Charlevoix, MI 49720

Contact Person: Lynda Stolt; 231-547-9482

All foster parents are welcome

 

Clare County DHHS

Support Group

2nd Friday of each month

9am to 12pm

Isabella County DHHS, 1919 Parkland Drive, Mount Pleasant, MI 48858

Contact Person: Jennifer Buffington; 989-948-0514

All foster parents are welcome

 

Crawford County DHHS

Support Group

3rd Tuesday of the month (September through May)

5:30pm to 8pm with a potluck

First Presbyterian Church, 513 Charles Brink Road, Gaylord, MI 49735

All foster parents are welcome

 

Delta County DHHS

Support Group

2nd Tuesday of the month

6pm

Delta County DHHS, 2940 College Avenue, Escanaba, MI 49829

Geared towards foster parents in Delta County but all foster parents are welcome

 

Dickinson County DHHS

Support Group

2nd Thursday of the month

6pmto 8pm

Northpointe Behavioral Healthcare Conference Room, 715 Pyle Drive, Kingsford, MI 49802

Contact Person: Kristy Howell; howellk2@michigan.gov, 906-290-2755

Geared towards foster parents in Dickinson and Menominee Counties but all foster parents are welcome

 

Genesee County (Faith Based)

Support Group

Central Church of the Nazerene

1261 W. Bristol Road, Flint, MI 48507

Contact Person Joe Asperger; 810-235-5671

All foster parents are welcome

 

Gladwin DHHS

Support Group

Utilizes the same one at Bethany Christian Services (Gladwin County)

3rd Monday of the month

6:30pm to 8pm

Assembly Church of God, 3400 Buzzell Road, Gladwin, MI 48624

All foster parents are welcome

 

Gladwin County – Bethany Christian Services

Support Group

3rd Monday of the month

6:30pm to 8pm

Assembly Church of God, 3400 Buzzell Road, Gladwin, MI 48624

All foster parents are welcome

 

Grand Traverse County (Faith Based)

Support Group

Faith Reformed Church

2586 Crossing Circle, Traverse City, MI 49686

Contact Person: Marshall Holtvluwer; 231-922-0888

All foster parents are welcome

 

Grand Traverse County – Child and Family Services of Northwest Michigan

Support Group

3rd Thursday of the month

5:30pm to 7pm

Child and Family Services, 3785 Veterans Drive, Traverse City, MI 49684

RSVP required by 5PM on the Monday before the date of the meeting

Contact Person: Molly Nachazel; mnachel@cfsmail.org; 231-946-8975

All foster parents are welcome

 

Gratiot County

Support Group

2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month

5:30pm to 7:30pm

Youth for Christ Building, 2550 W. Cheeseman Road, Alma, MI 48801

Call 989-463-1422 for more information

All foster parents are welcome

 

Ingham County DHHS

Support Group

3rd Thursday of the month

6:30pm to 8pm

Ingham County DHHS, 5303 S. Cedar Street, Lansing, MI 48909 Room B

All foster parents are welcome

 

Ingham County (Faith Based)

Support Group

New Hope

1340 Haslett Road, Haslett, MI 48840

Contact Person: Deborah Wright; 517-339-9000

All foster parents are welcome

 

Ingham County (Faith Based)

Support Group

Oakbrook Community Church

1415 Clifton Avenue, Lansing, MI 48910

Contact Person: Brent Baker; 517-484-2234

All foster parents are welcome

 

Ingham County – St. Vincent Catholic Charities

Support Group

Only for their foster parents; call 517-323-4734 for information

 

Ionia County DHHS

Support Group

Call 616-527-5200 to get dates and times

Ionia DHHS, 920 E. Lincoln Avenue, Ionia, MI 48846

All foster parents are welcome

 

Jackson County – Samaritas

Support Group

Utilizes Jackson Coalition Support Group

2nd Monday of the month

5:30pm to 7:30pm

Immanuel Lutheran Church, 1505 W Michigan Ave, Jackson, MI 49202

Geared towards foster parents in Jackson County

 

Kalamazoo County (Faith Based)

Support Group

Centerpoint Church

2345 10th Street, Kalamazoo, MI 49009

Contact Person: Danielle Darnell; 269-375-4815

All foster parents are welcome

 

 Kalamazoo County – Family and Children’s Services Inc.

Support Group

3rd Tuesday of the month

6pm to 7:30pm

Family and Children’s Services Inc., 1608 Lake Street, Kalamazoo, MI 49001

Contact Person/RSVP: Karin King; 269-344-0202 ext. 121

Geared towards foster parents in Allegan, Barry, Berrien, Branch, Calhoun, Cass, Kalamazoo, and St. Joseph Counties

 

Kent County (Faith Based)

Support Group

Kentwood Community Church

1200 60th SE, Kentwood, MI 49508

Contact Person: Jodi Lewis; 616-455-1740 ext. 324

All foster parents are welcome

 

Kent County (Faith Based)

Support Group

Impact Church

1069 Lincoln Lake Avenue SE, Lowell, MI 49331

Contact Person: Suzanne Deeren; 616-897-8304

All foster parents are welcome

 

Kent County (Faith Based)

Support Group

Resurrection Life

5100 Ivanrest Avenue SW, Grandville, MI 49418

Contact Person: Chris Bennett; 616-534-4923

All foster parents are welcome

 

Kent County – Samaritas

Support Group

4th Monday of the month

6pm to 8pm

Christ Lutheran Church, 2350 44th Street SW, Wyoming, MI 49519

Geared towards foster parents in Kent, Ionia, Muskegan, Montcalm, Ionia, Ottawa, and Allegan Counties

 

Kent County – Wellspring Lutheran Services

Support Group

Quarterly

Call 616-281-4601 to get dates and times

Wellspring Lutheran Services, 1715 Sutherland Dr SE, Kentwood, MI 49508

All foster parents are welcome

 

 Lake County DHHS

Support Group

Thursday following the 2nd Tuesday of the month

6pm to 7:30pm

Lake County DHHS, 5653 S. M-37, Baldwin, MI 49304

All foster parents are welcome

 

Lapeer County DHHS

Support Group

2nd Monday of the month

6:30pm to 9:30pm

NALO Therapy Center, 1134 S. Lapeer Road, MI 48446

All foster parents are welcome

 

Lapeer County – Adoption and Foster Care Specialists

Support Group

Thursdays every other month (October, December, February, etc.)

6pm to 8pm

Lapeer Assembly of God

Only for their foster parents

 

Lenawee County DHHS

Support Group

Utilizes FAPA

2nd Monday of the month

6:30pm to 9pm

Lenawee County DHHS, 1040 S. Winter Street, Adrian, MI 49221

Contact Person: Sheryl Mohr; 517-403-3887

All foster parents are welcome

 

Lenawee County – Catholic Charities of Jackson, Lenawee & Hillsdale

Support Group

Utilizes FAPA

2nd Monday of the month

6:30pm to 9pm

Lenawee County DHHS, 1040 S. Winter Street, Adrian, MI 49221

Contact Person: Sheryl Mohr; 517-403-3887

All foster parents are welcome

 

Livingston County – Catholic Charities

Support Group

Utilizes FAK

3rd Wednesday of the month

6pm to 8pm.

Livingston County Department of Public Health, 2300 E Grand River Ave # 102, Howell, MI 48843,East Complex, Conference Room D

All foster parents are welcome

 

Livingston County (Faith Based)

Support Group

The River Community Church

9525 E Highland Road, Howell, MI 48843

Contact Person: Kathleen Biggs; 810-991-1116

All foster parents are welcome

 

Macomb County (Faith Based)

Support Group

Freedom Christian Assembly of God

41380 Ryan Road, Sterling Heights, MI 48314

Contact Person: Kim Wilmoth; 586-731-6447

All foster parents are welcome

 

Macomb County DHHS

Support Group

4th Tuesday of the month

6:30pm to 8:30pm

Macomb County DHHS, Verkuillen Building-Senior Auditorium, 21885 Dunham Road, Clinton TWP., MI 48036

Contact Person: Erica Smigill, 586-770-9883; smigille@michigan.gov

All foster parents welcome

 

Marquette County DHHS

Training Coalition:

3rd Tuesday of the month

6pm to 8pm

Marquette DHHS, 234 W. Baraga Avenue, Marquette, MI 49855

Coalition consist of Alger DHHS, Marquette DHHS, Schoolcraft DHHS, Catholic Social Services, Upper Peninsula Family Solutions, Child and Family Services, Juvenile Court, and Sault Tribe Binogii Placement

 

Support Group:

2nd Monday of the month

1pm

Marquette Missionary Church, 1804 Wright Street, Marquette, MI 49855

Geared towards foster parents in Alger, Marquette, and Schoolcraft Counties

 

Marquette County – Upper Peninsula Family Solutions

Training Coalition:

3rd Tuesday of the month

6pm to 8pm

Marquette DHHS, 234 W. Baraga Avenue, Marquette, MI 49855

Coalition consist of Alger DHHS, Marquette DHHS, Schoolcraft DHHS, Catholic Social Services, Upper Peninsula Family Solutions, Child and Family Services, Juvenile Court, and Sault Tribe Binogii Placement

 

Support Group:

2nd Tuesday of the month

5:30pm to 8pm

Location changes

Geared towards foster parents in Alger, Marquette, and Schoolcraft Counties

 

Mason County DHHS (Also see Oceana County DHHS)

Support Groups

3rd Tuesday of the month (Odd Months)

5:30pm

Mason County DHHS, 915 Diana Street, Ludington, MI 49431

Contact Person/RSVP: ruedisalej@michigan.gov; 231-327-6851

Only for foster parents in Mason and Oceana Counties

 

Mason County – Bethany Christian Services

Support Group

Utilizes Kids Belong

Every Monday

9:30 to 11:30am

Lake Harbor United Methodist Church, 4861 Henry Street, Norton Shore, MI 49441

Contact Person/RSVP: Janice; 231-286-7892

All foster parents welcome

 

Support Group

Utilizes Kids Belong

Every Wednesday

6:30pm to 8pm

Forest Park Covenant Church, 3815 Henry Street, Norton Shores, MI 49441

Contact Person/RSVP: Sandy Allen; 231-865-3242

All foster parents are welcome

 

Support Group

Utilizes Kids Belong

Every Thursday

9am to 11am Life Change Church, 3084 Whitehall Rd, Muskegon, MI 49445

Contact Person/RSVP: Kerry Fretty; 231-894-8474

All foster parents are welcome

 

Missaukee County DHHS

Support Group

3rd Sunday of the month

4pm to 6pm

Cooley High School, 221Granite Street, Cadillac, Mi 49601

WexfordMissaukee@fosterclosetofmichigan.org

Contact Person/RSVP: April Nowland; 231-884-2363

Geared towards foster parents in Missaukee and Wexford Counties

 

Montcalm County DHHS

Support Group

Call 989-831-8400 to get dates and times

Montcalm DHHS, 609 N. State Street, Stanton, MI 48888

All foster parents are welcome

 

Muskegon County (Faith Based)

Support Group

Forest Park Covenant Church

3815 Henry Street, Muskegon, MI 49441

Contact Person: Ashley Shnotula; 231-780-4784

All foster parents are welcome

 

Muskegon County DHHS

Support Group

Utilizes Kids Belong

Every Monday

9:30 to 11:30am

Lake Harbor United Methodist Church, 4861 Henry Street, Norton Shore, MI 49441

Contact Person/RSVP: Janice; 231-286-7892

All foster parents welcome

 

Support Group

Utilizes Kids Belong

Every Wednesday

6:30pm to 8pm

Forest Park Covenant Church, 3815 Henry Street, Norton Shores, MI 49441

Contact Person/RSVP: Sandy Allen; 231-865-3242

All foster parents are welcome

 

Support Group

Utilizes Kids Belong

Every Thursday

9am to 11am Life Change Church, 3084 Whitehall Rd, Muskegon, MI 49445

Contact Person/RSVP: Kerry Fretty; 231-894-8474

All foster parents are welcome

 

Muskegon County – Bethany Christian Services

Support Group

Utilizes Kids Belong

Every Monday

9:30 to 11:30am

Lake Harbor United Methodist Church, 4861 Henry Street, Norton Shore, MI 49441

Contact Person/RSVP: Janice; 231-286-7892

All foster parents welcome

 

Support Group

Utilizes Kids Belong

Every Wednesday

6:30pm to 8pm

Forest Park Covenant Church, 3815 Henry Street, Norton Shores, MI 49441

Contact Person/RSVP: Sandy Allen; 231-865-3242

All foster parents are welcome

 

Support Group

Utilizes Kids Belong

Every Thursday

9am to 11am Life Change Church, 3084 Whitehall Rd, Muskegon, MI 49445

Contact Person/RSVP: Kerry Fretty; 231-894-8474

All foster parents are welcome

 

Newaygo County DHHS

Support Group

2nd Tuesday of the month

6pm to 7:30pm

Newaygo County DHHS, 1018 Newell, White Cloud, MI 49349

Contact: Shay Frisbie; (231)245-2515; FrisbieS@michigan.gov or Sara Gilbert; (231)414-2842; GilbertS3@michigan.gov.

All foster parents welcome

 

Oakland County DHHS

Support Group

Utilizes Open Arms

2nd Wednesday of the month (September through June)

7pm to 8:30pm

Brightmoor Church; 40800 W 13 Mile Rd, Novi, MI 48377

Contact Person: openarmsbcc@gmail.com

All foster parents are welcome

 

Oakland County – Ennis Center for Children

Support Group

Monthly

RSVP 248-334-2715

Ennis Center for Children, 91 S. Telegraph Road, Pontiac, MI 48341

Only for their foster parents

 

Oakland County – Oakland Family Services

Support Group

3rd Thursday of the month

6pm

Oakland Family Services, 114 Orchard Lake Road, Pontiac, MI 48341

Contact Person: 248-858-7766

Only for their foster parents

 

Oakland County – Orchards Children’s Services

Support Group

4th Thursday of the month

6pm to 8pm

Orchards Children’s Services, 24901 Northwestern Highway, Southfield, MI 48075

RSVP: 248-258-1278 or 248-530-5370

All foster parents welcome

 

Oceana County DHHS (Also see Mason County DHHS)

Support Groups

3rd Tuesday of the month (Even Months)

5:30pm

Oceana County DHHS, 4081 W. Polk Road, Hart, MI 49420

Contact Person/RSVP: ruedisalej@michigan.gov; 231-327-6851

Only for foster parents in Oceana and Mason Counties

 

Osceola County – Eagle Village

Support Group

Does not hold one regularly

Call 231-832-2234 for more information

Only for their foster parents

 

Oscoda County DHHS

Support Group

3rd Thursday of the month (September through May)

5:30pm to 8pm with a potluck

First Presbyterian Church, 513 Charles Brink Road, Gaylord, MI 49735

Contact Person: Lori; 989-370-6831

All foster parents are welcome

 

Otsego County DHHS

Support Group

3rd Thursday of the month (September through May)

5:30pm to 8pm with a potluck

First Presbyterian Church, 513 Charles Brink Road, Gaylord, MI 49735

Contact Person: Lori; 989-370-6831

All foster parents are welcome

 

Ottawa County – Bethany Christian Services

Support Group

Utilizes Mosaic Fostering Together Group

3rd Tuesday of the month

6:30pm to 8:30pm (6pm; light dinner served)

Ridge Point Church, 3014 104th Avenue, Holland, MI 49423; Door E

RSVP: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScnhBqZUDtmOl9DkizQn6fZZVg0n2Yk4iU045wzibV9V05RjQ/viewform

For foster parents Ottawa and Allegan Counties

 

Schoolcraft County DHHS

Training Coalition:

3rd Tuesday of the month

6pm to 8pm

Marquette DHHS, 234 W. Baraga Avenue, Marquette, MI 49855

Coalition consist of Alger DHHS, Marquette DHHS, Schoolcraft DHHS, Catholic Social Services, Upper Peninsula Family Solutions, Child and Family Services, Juvenile Court, and Sault Tribe Binogii Placement

 

Support Group:

2nd Monday of the month

1pm

Marquette Missionary Church, 1804 Wright Street, Marquette, MI 49855

Geared towards foster parents in Alger, Marquette, and Schoolcraft Counties

 

St. Joseph County DHHS

Support Group

3rd Thursday of every other month (September, November, January, etc.)

5:30pm to 7:30pm

Riverside Church, 207 E Michigan Ave, Three Rivers, MI 49093

Only for their foster parents

 

Tuscola County – New Light Child and Family Consultants

Support Group

1st Thursday of the month

10am to 12pm AND 6pm to 8pm

New Light Child and Family Consultants, 8511 State Road, Millington, MI 48746

Only for their foster parents

 

Van Buren County (Faith Based)

Support Group

First Baptist Church

1635 76th Street, South Haven, MI 49090

Contact Person: Kim Collins; 269-637-1291

All foster parents are welcome

 

Washtenaw County DHHS

Support Group

1st Monday of the month

6pm to 8pm

Arbor Bridge Church, 2500 S. Main Street, Ann Arbor, MI 48103

Contact Person: Rachel Kornilakis; 734-528-1720 ext. 23272; Rachel_Kornilakis@judsoncenter.org

All foster parents are welcome

 

Other Support Groups

Raising Kids Affected by Trauma

2nd Sunday of the month

2pm to 4pm

The “5th Corner” Teen Center, 211 Willis Road, Saline, MI 48176

Contact Person: 734-657-7172 or fosterdad101@gmail.com

All foster parents are welcome

 

Washtenaw County – Fostering Futures

Support Group

2nd Wednesday of the month

6:15pm to 8:15pm

Fostering Futures, 3300 Washtenaw Avenue, Suite 260, Ann Arbor, MI 48104

Contact Person: Licensing Department; 734-481-8999

All foster/ adoptive parents are welcome, regardless of agency.

 

Washtenaw County – Hands Across the Water

Support Group

3rd Thursday of the month

6:30pm to 8:30pm.

Hands Across the Water, 781 Avis Drive, Suite 200, Ann Arbor, MI 48108

Contact Person: Kristen McGraw; 734-477-0135; Kristen@hatw.org

All foster parents are welcome

 

Washtenaw County – Judson Center

Support Group

1st Monday of the month

6pm to 8pm

Arbor Bridge Church, 2500 S. Main Street, Ann Arbor, MI 48103

Contact Person: Rachel Kornilakis; 734-528-1720 ext. 23272; Rachel_Kornilakis@judsoncenter.org

All foster parents are welcome

 

Wayne County – Ennis Center for Children

Support Group

2nd Monday of the month (except July, August, and December)

6pm to 8pm

Ennis Center for Children, 20100 Greenfield Road, Detroit, MI 48235

Only for their foster parents

 

Wayne County (Faith Based)

Support Group

North Ridge Church

49555 N. Territorial Road, Plymouth, MI 48170

Contact Person: Beth Harris; 734-414-7777

All foster parents are welcome

 

Wayne County – Methodist Children’s Society

Support Group

3rd Tuesday of the month

6pm

Methodist Children’s Society, 26645 W. 6 Mile Road, Redford TWP., MI 48240

Contact Person: 313-531-9946

Only for their foster parents

 

Wayne County – Vista Maria

Support Group

Utilizes Families on the Move

Facebook Page: Families On The Move, Inc. (non-profit organization)

2nd Thursday of the month (September through June)

5pm to 8pm

Westminister Church of Detroit, 17567 Hubbell Ave, Detroit, MI 48235

Contact Person/RSVP: Veda Thompkins; 313-532-0012 or Trina Daniels; 313-835-3636

All foster parents are welcome

 

Wayne County – Wellsprings Lutheran Services

Support Group

3rd Wednesday of the month

5pm to 7pm

Wellspring Lutheran Services, 25900 Greenfield Road Suite 401, Oak Park, MI 48237 Only for their foster parents

 

Wexford County DHHS

Support Group

3rd Sunday of the month

4pm to 6pm

Cooley High School, 221Granite Street, Cadillac, Mi 49601

WexfordMissaukee@fosterclosetofmichigan.org

Contact Person/RSVP: April Nowland; 231-884-2363

Geared towards foster parents in Missaukee and Wexford Counties