330 W. Michigan & 306 W. Michigan, Jackson, MI 49201 info@strong-families.org 517-787-7920

Foster Care & Adoption

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

Family Service & Children’s Aid (FSCA) contracts with the State of Michigan to provide foster care case management and adoption services to children in the foster care system and their birth families. 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. When it is not possible to reunite them with their parents, FSCA finds loving homes for foster children to grow up in through the process of adoption.

FSCA provides orientation and training to our foster and adoptive parents. 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 Division of Child Welfare Licensing (DCWL). 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. Our adoption staff can assess a family’s ability to be adoptive parents, and prepare an adoption home study.

If you are a public or private child placing agency looking for a foster care placement, please contact us at 517-787-7920.

For information about why children come into the foster care system go to:


If you are interested in learning more, call us and schedule an orientation. We can come to your home or meet with you in our office. The orientation typically takes 1  to 2 hours, and if you are a two-parent family both parents must attend.  Visit the Foster Home Licensing page for more information

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

Frequently Asked Questions about Foster Care