Types of Children Who Are Available for Adoption: Those whose biological parents parental rights have been terminated through the judicial process and children who have been voluntarily released by their parents.

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Our Treatment Foster Care Program utilizes a team approach to Treatment Foster Care – integrating the youth, the youth’s biological family, foster family, therapists, and the program supervisor.

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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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The research is clear: Children who start behind, stay behind. During the first 2,000 days between birth and their first day of kindergarten, 90% of a child’s brain is developed.

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  • Float for Alpena parade

    Alpena Holiday Parade

    So much fun being part of the Annual Bolenz Holiday Parade in Alpena. Our float was pulled by Dave Soderholm, husband of board member Mary Soderholm. The trailer was lent by Bonnie Kennedy of Harrisville Marine, and the ice fishing shanty was borrowed from Willie & Krista Creekmore of Lachine. Liz McNichols of Harrisville dressed as a holiday elf along with her Great Pyranees dog Glacier, and walked with us. Decorations were donated by many people and the CFS staff created to the float.

  • Felonie Kellor unloads gifts for foster children Operation Good Cheer

    Operation Good Cheer

    The planes delivering gifts for foster children arrived at the Alpena airport on Saturday, December 6th. The gifts were given by many generous donors, and brought together by Operation Good Cheer of Child & Family Services of Michigan.

  • Besser tree & staff

    Besser Museum Season of Lights

    Child & Family Services has a tree at the Besser Museum in “The True Spirit of Christmas” gallery during their annual Season of Light. The Besser Museum focuses on holiday traditions that celebrate the virtues of hope, peace and good will towards man. The exhibit opens on November 8 and runs through Dec. 31st.
    Make sure that your holiday season activities include a visit to the Besser museum to experience this special “Season of Light”. The entire museum grounds will be decorated for the season and special activities will be offered. Many of the decorations are designed to represent cultures and religions represented in Northeast Michigan and their connections to this joyous season. Christmas trees will fill the museum, decorated by various non-profit organizations, and the planetarium will offer a special show exploring the Star of Bethlehem and holiday traditions.