We are excited about a few events we have going on in our agency. COVID-19 didn’t stop us or our families in taking a positive approach to what has been defined as a “new normal.” We developed a few social distancing fun activities that families across all programming, our Board and our team could participate in. Several of our families, youth, children, staff and our Board members chose to create a quilt square modeled after our theme, Together We Rise With Positive Vibes. It’s exciting to see all the wonderful designs that are coming in at this time. Once we have received all the squares, our volunteer, Sharon Jack has agreed to donate her time as she did the materials to put this community quilt together. We are excited to see the finished product and the unity that this quilt will represent even during difficult times.
The other fun activity that we are doing that also aligns with the theme noted above is our monthly giveaway drawings that will inspire you to learn a bit more about our agency, experience some new fun activities to do with children, get to know our agency and our team better and participate in some fun social distancing activities. Taking part in these activities will enable you to be entered into monthly drawings for themed baskets giveaways full of great stuff (toys, household items, clothing, spa care, tools, art supplies, and on and on and on). To kick off this activity, starting in July, you will see a Face Book post every Monday during the whole month. Simply respond to the posts as indicated to have your name entered into a random drawing for a prize basket that will be given away each Friday during the month of July. So in July, you will have four chances to win! Starting in August, continue to follow us on Face Book and respond to the posts for your chance to win prize that will be given away each month for the next twelve months.
Lastly, are you still looking to get rid of your empty bottles or cans? We can help! Simply drop them off to our agency, 1044 US 23 North, Alpena, or call (989) 356-4567 Ext. 200 and someone would glad to pick them up for you. All outside donations go toward supporting children, youth and families within our eleven counties.
Foster parents are desperately needed in our region and our state. Take this opportunity to learn about the myths, challenges and great rewards in making a difference in the life of a child. Child and Family Services of Northeast Michigan invites anyone who lives in any of the following counties of our service area to attend one of our virtual orientations: Alcona, Alpena, Cheboygan, Crawford, Iosco, Montmorency, Ogemaw, Oscoda, Otsego, Presque Isle, Roscommon. Join Samantha Morrison, our Licensing Specialist, who will share with you the process of becoming licensed.
Virtual Orientations are consistently scheduled every Wednesday from 3:30pm to 5:30pm. It is important that you call and register at least one week prior to ensure that you receive orientation materials prior to scheduled meeting. To register, please call (989) 464-0154.
Due to COVID-19 we are taking safety precautions and not offering in-person group meetings at this time. However, you can still call and request to have an individual one-on-one meeting if you would prefer this format instead. Again, you may register by calling (989) 464-0154.
Looking to help make a difference to youth, children and families? YOU CAN! Participate in our Stuff with Love Fund Raising Campaign. How does this work? Simply call or stop by our office. Our number is (989) 356-4567 Ext. 200 and address is 1044 US 23 North, Alpena, MI. We have envelopes numbered from 1 to 144. Simply choose an envelope and the number you choose is the monetary gift you wish to donate to our non-profit organization. Some envelopes contain random $25 gift certificates to various retail and restaurants in our community. Your gift helps us to support children in foster care, adoption, Compass North (homeless youth runaway) and Healthy Families America Day One (supporting pre-natal and new moms). You can also click the “donate” button on our website and the amount you enter will be the amount of the envelope between 1 and 144. If by chance you choose a number already taken, indicate whether you would like the next number up or below. Children, youth and families need our support. Supporting children, youth and families supports and strengthens our communities. Thank you for considering.
Please watch this great video from the Dave Thomas Foundation!!
What foster kids are really like
Nearly 81.5 million Americans have considered adopting a child. If just one in 500 of these adults adopted, every waiting child in foster care would have a permanent family.
Fostering is a way of providing stable family life for children and young people who are unable to live with their parents.
There are many ways to teach and help children and youth