Foster Care

Foster Care

There can be no keener revelation of a society’s soul than the way in which it treats its children. – Nelson Mandela

Approximately, 14,000 Michigan children are in foster care at any given time. The greatest need is for foster homes that can take sibling groups and/or children 9 and older. When a child enters the foster care system, the goal is usually to reunite them with their parents. Foster parents can provide a safe, nurturing, temporary home for a child during the reunification process. Foster parents can also assist children in overcoming developmental delays, heal from trauma, and form lifelong relationships.
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Eli’s Story
Eli was a year old and living with his eighteen year-old, single mother. Eli’s mother, Kim, was homeless, and did not have any kind of social support system. One day, she made the fateful decision to leave Eli with a man she barely knew so she could go to work. Authorities found Eli alone in a vehicle outside of a local tavern, and he was removed from his mother’s custody and placed in foster care.
Read more about Eli’s story here

Getting Started
FSCA provides orientation and training to our foster parents, and foster parent and kinship support groups. The agency provides access to Medicaid for a child’s medical, mental health, and dental needs. FSCA has licensing staff that can assess a family’s suitability for foster care and prepare a home study to send to the Bureau of Children and Adult Licensing. The agency has licensing and case management staff that can provide support, information, and referrals to foster parents in a timely manner. The agency has a commitment to communicate with our foster parents, and we provide 24-hour emergency assistance.

FSCA offers an Adoption/Foster Care Orientation at the applicants convenience at our Jackson office. If you are a two-parent family, both parents must attend.  Visit the Foster Home Licensing page for more information.

Foster Care FACTS

  • You must be 21 years of age.
  • Have adequate income to meet family’s needs.
  • Be willing to work with biological parents and support efforts to return the child home.
  • Be willing to work with children who have significant behavioral and emotional needs.
  • Be willing to help teenagers transition into adulthood.
  • Can be single or married.
  • Can own or rent your home.
  • Can work or stay at home.
  • Everyone in the household must be able to pass a criminal and child protective service background check.
  • Foster parents receive financial reimbursement to cover the expense of providing for the child’s basic needs.

Inquiry Form to receive more information about becoming a Foster Parent.

Frequently Asked Questions about Foster Care