Campaign: Foster Care
A child needs you; open your home and heart to a Michigan child in foster care.
Every child deserves a place to call home. At any given time some 13,000 Michigan children are in the state’s foster care system. The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) is seeking special families who are willing to open their hearts and homes to a child.
“For too many children in Michigan a home and family to call their own is just a dream,” said MDHHS Director Nick Lyon. “In most instances we view foster care as a temporary solution to keep children protected and cared for until they can be safely returned to their families.”
Follow these five steps to become a foster parent:
- Call a Foster Care Navigator at 855-MICHKIDS.
- Attend an orientation.
- Complete an application.
- Participate in a home evaluation.
- Attend a free training.
“Becoming a foster parent to a child in need is life changing for both,” said Lyon. “Consider becoming a foster parent today and fulfill a child’s hope for a home.”
For more information about becoming a foster parent in Michigan, call 855-MICHKIDS or visit www.michigan.gov/hopeforahome
May, 2016 is Foster Care Month in Michigan!
For Immediate Release: May 5, 2016
LANSING, Mich. – Approximately 13,000 Michigan children need loving foster homes while the state works to reunite them safely with their parents or find adoptive homes.
The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services in May is highlighting the crucial role that foster families provide in protecting children who were abused or neglected. Gov. Rick Snyder proclaimed May as Foster Care Month.
Michigan has close to 6,000 licensed foster homes, plus 2,800 children live in unlicensed relative homes.
“Our foster parents have great patience, compassion and skill,” said Steve Yager, executive director of the MDHHS Children’s Services Agency. “These selfless individuals keep children safe and care for their needs during difficult times while we work to find them permanent homes – either through reunification with their families if that’s safe or finding adoptive parents. Every day I appreciate what foster families do to support children in need, but it’s fitting that we have a month to recognize their efforts.”
The Foster Care Navigator program, which partners with MDHHS in recruiting and retaining foster families, is featuring some of the many outstanding foster parents and kinship caregivers all month on its website at fcnp.org
Yager said May is also a good time to recognize adoptive families, employees of state and private agencies, the courts and community and faith-based organizations for the support they provide to children in foster care and to their biological and foster families.
Anyone who is considering becoming a foster parent can call Foster Care Navigator at 855-MICHKIDS. Navigators are experienced foster care parents who can answer questions and guide prospective foster parents on their journey. Learn more at www.michigan.gov/hopeforahome
or by texting MDHHS FOSTER to 64468 to receive updates about fostering.
Radio Spot Scripts:
MDHS – Foster Care Recruitment
Two Voices :30 Radio
(male) I thought, “I can’t be a foster parent…”:
(fem) * I don't make enough money--
(fem) * My house isn't big enough-
(male) * You have to be married--
(Both?) But I was wrong.
(fem) I can provide a loving home for a child, while the parents sort things out.
One phone call can raise hope and foster dreams.
Called 855..M-I-C-H…KIDS and ask a foster parent navigator, how you change a child's life—and yours— forever.
This message sponsored by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services and the Michigan Association of Broadcasters.
Single voice radio:
Have you considered becoming a Foster Parent…
but then figured you don’t make enough money,
OR your house isn’t big enough,
OR that you have to be married.
Well that’s not true.
You CAN help foster dreams, and raise hope.
You CAN provide a loving home for a child while the parents sort things out.
Call 8-5-5 M-I-C-H KIDS and speak to a foster parent navigator.
They’ll answer your questions and get your started.
One phone call can change a child’s life and yours forever.
This messages sponsored by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services and MAB.