What’s The Next Step?
Call one of the Holy Cross Services Child Welfare Program offices listed on the bottom of this page and ask for the Foster Care Home Developer. We will mail you basic information about foster care. You can also download our “Become a Foster Parent” brochure. You may then attend an orientation that provides more in-depth information about Foster Care, the needs of foster children, and the foster home licensing process.
At the orientation meeting you can determine if fostering is the right choice for you and your family. You are under no obligation to pursue foster parenting by attending.
If you decide to pursue becoming a licensed foster home, a Foster Home Developer will visit your home, perform a preliminary inspection, and begin the licensing process. You will also be informed of options to receive the required training per state and agency rules.
Program Component & Activities
- Individualized Treatment Planning
- Permanency Planning
- Sibling Visitation
- After-Care Services, as applicable
- agency rules.
- Contact with Biological/Adoptive/Guardian Family
- 24/7 worker availability
- Therapy/Counseling/Behavior Management
- Case Managementve the required training per state and agency rules.
“You might be temporary in their lives. They might be temporary in yours. But there is nothing
temporary about the love or the lesson.”
What is Foster Care?
Foster Care is temporary care for children ages 0-17 who have been removed from their families due to either abuse and neglect, delinquent behaviors, or abandonment. The most common goal in foster care is to reunite families. Foster parents are viewed as important members of a team striving to attain that goal.
Foster children frequently require more patience and understanding from their caregivers. Parenting experience is helpful but caring for foster children is very
different from raising your own children. Training and our support staff help prepare foster parents to take on these responsibilities. Caseworkers or other agency staff are available on a 24-hour basis for support.
Deacon Kevin Endres, from Baraga Radio, a Northern Michigan Catholic radio station, interviewed Andrea Hagen about Foster Care, during his show “The Cross Walk”.
Frequently Asked Questions
No, foster parents can be single or married.
Yes, foster parents can work outside the home. Foster parents must have income sufficient to support their own family.
No, children in Foster Care receive Medicaid Insurance.
Foster parents provide for all of the child’s needs including food, shelter, clothing, and emotional support and guidance. Transportation to medical appointments, family visits and counseling are also responsibilities of the foster parent.
Yes, training is required initially and on an ongoing basis.
To help meet the daily needs of food, shelter, clothing allowance and incidental expenses, certified Foster Parents are reimbursed for the cost of caring for a child. Financial support is also available for foster families.
…want to help children in need
….have room in your home and your heart
…are interested in helping families heal and reunite, then…
…please consider becoming a foster parent.
HOPE FOR MICHIGAN FAMILIES