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May is Foster Family Month, which gives all Michiganders the opportunity to reflect on how they can help with the goal of providing a safe and welcoming home for children in need of care. temporary outside the home.
Governor Gretchen Whitmer issued a proclamation to raise awareness of the importance of foster families and recognize all they do for children.
“Every child deserves to have an adult in his life who is his champion and a home where he feels safe”, Whitmer said. “Parenting is not easy and families sometimes need extra support. Foster care is one of the most selfless things you can do, and I am so grateful to the Michiganders who have stepped up to provide loving homes for children in need.
About 11,500 children are placed in foster care in Michigan. The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services oversees the state’s foster care system.
“MDHHS is committed to finding as many loving temporary foster homes as possible to best meet the needs of children and families,” said Demetrius Starling, executive director of the MDHHS Children’s Services Agency. “We hope more Michigan residents will consider fostering in May and throughout the year. As a foster parent, you can serve as a support to families who can benefit from your mentorship, knowledge and help – which is a vital role of foster parents and essential for children to reunite with. success with their family.
The goal of foster care is to provide a temporary, secure and stable home that will partner with the biological parents of children as they access resources and support to eventually reunite. In a small percentage of cases where it is not safe for the child to return home, the children need foster homes while a foster home is found.
A primary goal of the Children’s Services Agency is to ensure that children in foster care can remain in their community with their siblings. This requires an adequate availability of foster homes in each of these areas of focus – foster homes that are ready to welcome groups of siblings, foster homes that are willing to care for adolescents. and homes in all communities across the state.
“We appreciate our foster parents across Michigan who have given hope and care to so many Michigan children,” Starling said. “We are also grateful to our private partners, foster care organizations, tribal governments and foster family navigators who provide guidance to people who wish to become foster parents.
In May, the MDHHS and Host Family Navigators also make a special effort to recognize 31 exceptional foster and parent families and the regional resource teams that assist them.
To learn more about foster parenting, go online at michigan.gov/HopeForAHome. Or call Foster Care Navigators at 855-MICHKIDS. Navigators are experienced foster parents who can answer questions, help find an agency, and provide advice on becoming a foster parent.