Compass North is a program of Child and Family Services that serves homeless and runaway youth or those that are at risk of becoming homeless or runaways. This program offers two services: Youth and Family Outreach and Transitional Living Services.

The goal of our Youth and Family Outreach service is to support family reunification. Case management and counseling is offered to youth ages 12 – 20 and their families for up to 90 days. We also provide community education to various organizations to explain our services and identify other issues and needs affecting youth in our community.

Transitional Living Services offers youth 16 – 21 support up to 18 months to assist them with achieving success in the following areas:

  • Education
  • Employment
  • Housing
  • Independent Living Skills

A host home situation is also available to to youth who are living with a friend or extended family member. Households that agree into this agreement and meet eligibility requirements may receive a daily stipend.

Compass North services the following counties: Alpena, Alcona, Iosco and Montomorency. All services are completely voluntary, FREE and confidential. 

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There are over 14,000 children in the foster care system in the State of Michigan. What does it take to become a licensed foster parent?

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Our General Foster Care Program includes case management and supervision of cases that involve children in foster care. Our role is to encourage and provide services to reach a specific case goal.

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The Day One Program is a voluntary program that works with all new parents to help them and their children get off to a healthy start.

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  • 4th Annual Walk Me Home 5K Walk/Run

    June 10th – 9 a.m. at Duck Park, Chisholm & Long Rapids Rd., Alpena MI

    Walk Me Home  is about raising awareness of the needs of foster children in Northeast Michigan. Walk Me Home Northeast Michigan will raise funds to support the life changing programs and activities for foster children provided by Child & Family Services of Northeast Michigan.

    To register or donate to this walk, go to the Walk Me Home site at:

    where you can create a team of family members, classmates, friends, or business associates, join a team or donate.

    1st, 2nd & 3rd place medals male & female for each age group

    •  12 and under
    •  13-19
    • 20-39
    •  40+

    Prizes for First & Second place overall winner for Walkers and Runners

    Walk Me Home Northeast Michigan Partner

    Grace Lutheran Church   119 W. Dunbar Street  Alpena, MI  49707


    Thunder Bay Dentistry

    Lappan Agency

    Alpena Agency


  • Giving Tuesday is November 29th, 2016

    • #GivingTuesday is a special call to action to create a global day of giving that brings diverse organizations and communities around the world together to give back.
    • #GivingTuesday celebrates generosity by providing people everywhere with an opportunity to give more, give smarter, and give great.
    • #GivingTuesday unifies charities, corporations, small businesses, and individuals from across the globe to show that the world gives as good as it gets.
    • You don’t have to be a world leader or a billionaire to give back. #GivingTuesday is about ordinary people coming together doing extraordinary things.
    To join in this event to support amazing organizations, doing amazing things every day, go to


  • May is National Foster Care Month

    It’s National Foster Care Month. Find out how you can change the life of a child in foster care!!


4th Annual Walk Me Home 2017

Thanks, everyone for another successful Walk Me Home fundraiser!! More than 75 registrants!! First, second, and third place medals were given out for both men and women in 4 age categories. A huge thank you to Grace Lutheran Church who provide the volunteers that make this event possible. And thank you to Thunder Bay Family Dentistry for your sponsorship of the event!! Other sponsors include: Lappan Agency, Alpena Agency, Cliff Anschuetz, Bruce Anschuetz, HPC Credit Union, Banner Realty, Thomas & Mary Lappan, and Reverend Thomas Orth.