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Annual Report

Family Service & Children’s Aid is please to present our community with our 2018 Annual Report. You may view a copy of the complete report here.

Dear Friends and Supporters:

2018 was a year of great growth and change for Family Service and Children’s Aid. Bycontinuing to develop our trauma informed services we have grown our on-site mental health in the schools, families in recovery, foster care, and parent education programs. In addition we faced several challenges such as meeting the growing demands for our behavioral health and child welfare services. This demand created a need for more staff and more room to provide the services. As a result our staff has grown by 30% since 2016. The Board began to address the building and facilities needs of the Agency and as a result purchased a new building to grow into. Some of the highlights of 2018 Included:

 Heading the trauma initiative work, FSCA provided crucial trainings on the impact of trauma and the importance of using trauma informed approaches to over 4,000 professionals and paraprofessionals.

• In partnership with Project Aware, FSCA continued to expand on-site mental health counseling to youth in 11 schools.

• Continuing to restructure our Guardian Program to meet best practices and accreditation standards.

• FSCA received the honor of being given the United Way’s Presidents Award and the Award of Excellence.

• Hosted a successful 16th Annual Run for Fun on May 5, 2018.

• Supported the Wendy’s Charity Golf Classic raising $180,000 for adoption inMichigan and Ohio.

• Met the need for Foster Care children in Jackson County by increasing our capacity from 25 to 50 children.

• Hosted the 2nd Annual Cash Bash that continues to grow in size.

• Received a financial audit with no findings for the past 2 years consecutively.

• Secured grants and support from the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption, the Mid-State Health Network, the Jackson Community Foundation, the Great Start Collaborative, the Eaton Foundation, the Melling Family Foundation, the Samuel Higby & Margaret H. Camp Fund, Project Aware, Gerdau, United Way of Jackson County, the John George Student Loan Fund, the Jackson Medical Care Facility, Henry Ford Allegiance Health System, and Starboard Enterprises.

• Received a 4 year COA accreditation with no findings or recommendations.

In 2018 FSCA continued to integrate trauma throughout the organization and led the community in advocating for trauma informed practices. FSCA and DHHS have partnered to provide Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES) trainings to the community throughout the year for over 1,000 participants. In the spring of 2018 the new Behavioral Health Program was launched, which included merging our Born Free Program that specializes in Substance Use Disorder treatment for women, with our Family Counseling Program that specializes in trauma and overall mental health counseling. Creating a Behavioral Health Program has allowed us to specialize in co- occurring treatment for women, men and adolescents and trauma services. In addition, we will continue to develop more capacity to fill the widening gap for foster care homes.

It is with deepest gratitude that I would like to thank the community for supporting our Agency in 2018. We couldn’t have done any of it without you! It is both humbling and fulfilling to serve the Jackson community and experience all of the outpouring of support for our mission.

Thank you,
Dr. Bob Powell
Chief Executive Officer