About Our Foster Care Services
Our Foster Care Program serves youth up to 17 years of age without regard to race, creed, nationality, ethnicity or religion that meet the elegibility criteria. Services are available to sibling groups, delinquent youth, Wayne County CMO, state and permanent and temporary court wards. Services are delivered by highly trained, competent, ethical Bachelor’s and Master’s level practitioners.
Program Components and Activities
- Contact with Biological/Adoptive/Guardian Family
- 24/7 worker availability
- Therapy/Counseling/Behavior Management
- Case Management
- Individualized Treatment Planning
- Court Involvement
- Sibling Visitation
- After-Care Services, as applicable
MICHAEL (12 YRS OLD)
He came to us as a helpless boy, unable to move or speak.
It is a miracle of the human spirit that Michael is still alive, having suffered unspeakable abuse at the very hands of the people who should have loved and treasured him.
Prior to being placed at Holy Cross Children‘s Services, Michael suffered severe abuse at the hands of his adoptive father.
He was so damaged physically, emotionally, and spiritually that in a last desperate attempt for survival, Michael’s mind shut down his little body in an attempt to stop the pain. In clinical terms, Michael suffers from a condition called Conversion Syndrome. The extreme trauma he has survived has paralyzed him. He is literally almost scared to death.
In more than four decades of caring for children in need, HCCS has never seen anything like it. It breaks our hearts to think of the suffering Michael has endured.
Michael is a proud part of our family at Holy Cross Children’s Services, where he gets the second chance every child deserves.
LOGAN (13 YRS OLD)
Logan has been in an HCCS program for a year. Prior to being placed at Holy Cross Children’s Services, Logan was in fifteen or more foster homes and five residential placements.
“I have learned to talk about my feelings and do the right thing,” says Logan. “I used to get in trouble a lot. Sometimes, several times a day. When I first got here, I struggled. But now I have good relationships with the staff and with my peers. I have learned to use some things to help me calm down and to make good choices like taking a walk, listening to other’s advice and building trust with them. I like to play sports, games like monopoly, and do other things with my new friends to help me cope. I love to swim and I’m glad we have a pool so we can swim. I used to be really afraid of people and getting close to them but I’m not any more. I have worked really hard to build trust and relationships with people. It has been hard because besides my staff/group there are not many supportive people in my life. I am developing them here and will develop them with other people who will be there for me when I leave. When I leave here I want to have a family that loves me. I want a mom and some little brothers (all boys lol!) so I can hang out with them and teach them things. I want the family to love me because I deserve it.”
Become a Foster Parent
Why Become a Foster Parent?
Hundreds of children in foster care throughout Michigan need the stability of a safe and loving home. They are in dire need of caring parents to nurture and guide them. Many of these children don’t know what it’s like to have healthy meals every day, a warm bed to sleep in, clean clothes to wear, or have never experienced someone to help them with their homework, cheer for them at an event, or encourage them to keep trying and learning. These children have been abused, neglected and abandoned by those they loved and trusted the most.
If you have compassion and love to give to hurting children and a safe, loving home, then you already possess what they need most: YOU! With love, support, encouragement, stability and parental consistency… you never know who they could become!
As a foster parent for Holy Cross Children’s Services, we will provide you with free ongoing training to enhance your parenting skills, 24 hour support from a trained Permanency Worker and a financial stipend to help meet the needs of the children in your care (clothing, health care, food, extra-curricular activities, etc.).
Do I Qualify?
All Holy Cross Children’s Services foster parents must:
- Be 18 years of age (or older)
- Have good moral character
- Express a willingness to provide care for children who are served by the agency
- Demonstrate an understanding of the care which must be provided to the children served by the agency (or express a willingness to learn how to provide that care)
- Have adequate time to provide care and supervision for the children
- Have a defined source of income, and be capable of managing that income to meet the needs of the foster family
- Be of such physical, mental, and emotional health to assure appropriate care of children
- Express a willingness and demonstrate the ability to work with a foster child’s family or future family
- Demonstrate suitable habits, temperament, and reputation to assure the proper care and safety of children
- Demonstrate a willingness and ability to comply with the licensing rules for foster homes
- Pass a background (police) check and Central Registry check.