330 W. Michigan, Jackson, MI 49201 info@strong-families.org 517-787-7920

Family Service & Children’s Aid offers free parenting classes open to all parents.  Classes are on an 8-week revolving cycle. We also provide needs specific Nurturing Parenting Workshops for schools and agencies.  Current Classes are at Family Service & Children’s Aid (330 W. Michigan Ave. Jackson, MI 49201) on Tuesdays – 10am-12pm and Thursdays – 6pm-8pm. To schedule an intake or learn more call 517-787-7920.


FSCA’s 16 Annual Run for Fun!

The 2018 FSCA 5K Run for Fun is May 5, 2018!

The FSCA Run for Fun is great event for everyone, whether you’re highly competitive or if you’re coming out for your first 5K ever.

 FSCA’s own Shelly Milligan will run all the kids through a music filled warmup before the 8:30 a.m. start. It’s always fun watching the kids before the race, but it’s even better seeing them come across the finish line.

For more information and registration forms, visit the Run for Fun website.

Family Service & Children’s Aid wants to help you and your family decide if you can offer a temporary or permanent home to a child in foster care. Attending an orientation is just the first step, and does not commit you to anything. Come learn about the foster care licensing and adoption process. We will attempt to answer all the questions you have and help you think of new ones!

We are looking for caring, nurturing families to provide temporary and permanent homes for children. Every family is unique, and we need all kinds of families to meet the needs of children coming into foster care.





FSCA is very honored and excited to be able to enhance the work that the Born Free program does in the community.  The agency could not do what we do without the support of the community.  See the mlive article about this below!

“JACKSON, MI – The Country Club of Jackson’s annual women’s golf invitational raised $5,000 this month for Family Service and Children’s Aid of Jackson.

Membership Director Wendy Zaggy and a committee decided this year to use the money from hole sponsors and a raffle to give back to the community.

The money will benefit the Born Free Program, which provides help and support for expectant mothers struggling with substance abuse so their children are born free of drugs and alcohol.

“The participants as well as the businesses that contributed were overjoyed to give to such a worthy cause,” a statement reads.

Family Services and Children’s Aid CEO Dr. Robert Powell came July 15, to the country club, 3135 Horton Road, during the event luncheon to accept an oversized check.

The two-day event began July 14 and is organized for members at their teammates.

Event committee members included Jill McEldowney, Alison Spencer, Leslie Vermeulen and Nikki Weeks.

American Title, 208 W. Cortland St.; Emmons Service, 913 Water St.; and Vermeulen Furniture, 2105 W. Michigan Ave., contributed items for a raffle. ”

Source: http://www.mlive.com/news/jackson/index.ssf/2017/07/golf_event_raises_5000_to_help.html

Dr. Powell Appointed CEO of FSCA

(Jackson, Michigan) – Family Service & Children’s Aid Board of Directors announced today that Dr. Robert Powell, currently Deputy Director of FSCA, will succeed current Executive Director Judith Jove in his new role as the Chief Executive Officer, effective July 1, 2017.  Ms. Jove is named Executive Consultant after 17 dedicated years as Executive Director of the agency.  Jove will serve in her new capacity as an adviser ensuring a smooth transition of leadership responsibilities and supporting agency fund development activities until her retirement on October 31, 2017.

Powell joined Family Service & Children’s Aid in 2008, and has held positions of increasing leadership responsibility in the areas of clinical direction, strategic planning, management, community engagement and advocacy.  He is a key advocate for enhancing both the agency’s and community’s efforts in developing a trauma informed practice in the community.

“Bob is deeply committed to the agency’s mission of emotional health and actively works to ensure support is available to all that need it, especially vulnerable populations,” said Melissa Laird, President of the FSCA Board.  “His understanding of the agency’s mission and programming, in counseling, child welfare and prevention combined with strong relationships locally and regionally, will serve the agency and community well.”

Powell received his Doctorate in Counselor Education from Western Michigan University in 2013.  Prior to that, he earned his undergraduate and graduate degrees from Michigan State University and Wayne State University, respectively.  Before joining Family Service & Children’s Aid, Bob worked with several community agencies, both public and private.  He has been active with various initiatives and coalitions in the Jackson area since 1994, including Project Aware, the Behavioral Health Task Force, the Juvenile Justice Coalition, the Continuum of Care, the Trauma Informed Community Collaborative, and partnering with the Department of Health and Human Services, the United Way of Jackson and others.  Recently, he has been active in community efforts to help schools and law enforcement work with traumatized youth in the “Handle with Care” initiative.  Powell has also served during the past seventeen years as an adjunct professor at Baker College in the Human Services Department.

Ms. Jove retires in October after over 17 years at the helm of Family Service & Children’s Aid.  “We appreciate the leadership and investment she has made in supporting FSCA in achieving a standard of excellence over the last seventeen years,” said Becky Billingsley, Vice-Chair of the FSCA Board.  “Her passion and strength have provided a legacy we believe will continue through the duration of the agency’s work; supporting the strengthening of families served for many years to come”

Family Service & Children’s Aid was founded in 1944 and has served the Jackson area with services including Foster Care and Adoption, Mental Health and Substance Abuse Counseling, Parenting Education, Adult Guardianship, a national Employee Assistance Program, Breakout (in-school drug abuse prevention education), and Juvenile Diversion, first-time offender and truancy programs.