What are the Next Steps?
Become a Foster Parent
Holy Cross Services helps hundreds 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 for a child while supporting the child/parent bond. When children enter care, they are unable to safely remain in the home with their biological family at that time. Reunification is always the hope for a child entering care. Foster families are not only a source of care and healing for a hurting child, but they also play a critical role in helping struggling parents to find peace, safety, and the joy of family.
Types of Foster Care
General Foster Care
A family gets trained and licensed to care for a child or children in foster care who they have never met before.
Relative/Kinship Foster Care
A child needs placement, and one of the child’s family members (e.g. a grandparent, aunt, uncle, etc.) steps up to receive training and licensure to formally provide foster care for the child.
In the event a Holy Cross foster family wishes to adopt the child in their care and the child is available for adoption, Holy Cross Services directly facilitates these adoptions in a seamless provision of care.
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
Family Based Care Voices
“In my time here, I’ve learned everyone has to take responsibility for their actions and deal with issues one step at a time. Before coming here, I never paid attention in school because I didn’t have control of my life. Now I take classes, and my life, seriously.”
“During my time here, I have gotten a lot of support from the staff who have always been open to help me with anything. I have really grown as a person and received a lot of encouragement to set goals and work for them.””
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ABOUT HOLY CROSS SERVICES
HCS specializes in empowerment and trauma recovery for children and families engaged in the child welfare system and supporting our neighbors to end their episodes of homelessness. Although these areas of service have significant intersection, we operate our programs through three functional arms:
- Division of Family-Based Care and Youth Transition
- Division of Residential Care and Family Healing
- Division of Housing and Community Advocacy