Foster care services in Michigan
What are the Next Steps?
Become a Foster Parent
Holy Cross Services helps thousands of children find foster homes every year. We are committed to providing safe homes where children are cared for and can get a healthy start in life.
We support our foster parents with both initial and ongoing training to help them succeed. We ensure foster parents meet state licensing requirements, while providing the resources they need to be healthy influences to some of Michigan’s most vulnerable children.
Foster Care with Holy Cross Services
At Holy Cross, the primary goal of foster care is to provide a stable, nurturing home to children when they are unable to remain in the home with their biological family.
The foster home is a place where the child receives services to reach a safe, healthy and supportive plan for a permanent living situation.
What is a Foster Parent?
Types of Foster Care
A child is placed with an already licensed family that was previously unknown to him/her.
Independent Living Plus, Host Home Providers.
Host Homeproviders open up their homes to older teens, ages 16-19 who have an open foster care case. Host Home Providers are not licensed foster homes. Youth in this program are in need of mastering daily living skills in order for them to live independently. The Host Home Provider
provides supervision, works with the Foster Care Worker and Life Skill Coach in mentoring the youth.
A child is placed with a relative to his/her biological family that becomes licensed after placement.
Can I Be a Foster Parent?
Foster parents must be:
- 18 or more years old
- Residing in the U.S. legally
- Have a desire to open their home and heart to children who have experienced trauma
- Have the ability to empathize with children and adults
- With flexibility to manage changing schedules
- Willing to work with child welfare agencies and follow Licensing Rules for foster family homes
- With a history free from felony, criminal sexual conduct, and/or Child Protective Service substantiated abuse
They do not have to:
- Be married
- Own their own home
- Meet a certain income or education level
- Be experienced in providing foster care
Holy Cross Services does not discriminate against any individual or group because of race, sex, religion, age, national origin, color, height, weight, marital status or gender identity.
Living in an unhealthy family environment, Robert was brave enough to call social services on his own and removed himself from his home.
Learn how Holy Cross Services helped him.
Who are the Foster Children?
How Does a Child Enter into Foster Care?
Deacon Kevin Endres, from Baraga Radio, a Northern Michigan Catholic radio station, interviewed Andrea Hagen about Foster Care, during his show “The Cross Walk”.
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