Forever Families’ Foster Care Programs serve children between the ages of 0 and 17 who have entered into the foster care system typically for reasons of abuse and/or neglect. The foster care programs of Forever Families include General Foster Care. The needs of the children vary greatly based on their own unique set of circumstances, experiences and level of functioning.
Forever Families seeks foster families who can provide a home for one to three children. In some cases, the child may return to their parents or to a relative after their initial placement in foster care. In other cases, the foster families may care for the children until the child can live independently. Although the legal jurisdiction over most foster children ends on their 18th birthday, Forever Families is seeking families who can establish a bond with their foster child that will last a lifetime.
Forever Families is looking for families who can share their lives with a young child and help them grow into healthy and productive members of society. Forever Families needs homes from a variety of ethnic and cultural backgrounds. Foster parents can be single or married and of any gender, race or ethnicity.
Being a Member of the Team
Forever Families foster parents are important members of the foster care team for each child. To assist foster parents in fulfilling this role, Forever Families will provide training and support services, including for example, regular meetings with the case worker and monthly foster parent support group meetings. Forever Families needs foster parents who want to be full team members and who welcome frequent agency contact.
Forever Families is a licensed non-profit adoption agency in the State of Michigan. We work with the Department of Human Services as one of its contractors, along with other agencies in this State to provide Foster Care and Adoption Services for the children in the State of Michigan who become Permanent Court Wards.
Our license allows us to perform foster care and adoption services throughout the entire State of Michigan. Our experienced staff is available to you 24 hours a day 7 days a week for urgent care or should an issue arise that you need agency assistance.
CHARACTERISTICS OF ADULTS MOST LIKELY TO SUCCEED WITH FOSTER CHILDREN
They can tolerate verbal hostility and can respond in ways that help de-escalate the youth’s anger.
They have resolved their own separation from their parents constructively.
They accept themselves and do not need to expect the child to fulfill their unmet needs.
They have comfortable adult relationships and are accepting of the child’s need to have comfortable peer relationships. They do not expect the child to provide them with conversation, and companionship.
They feel self-confident so that they can tolerate being left out, being left behind, or living with choices that the child may make that may cause them embarrassment.
They understand issues such as reluctance to trust, mood swings and anti-adult feelings.
They understand the difference between tolerating and accepting versus enabling and approving.
They believe that growing and learning is a lifetime process and that no one is “locked in” until death.
They enjoy and see potential in children practicing and experimenting and participating in fads.
They accept birth parents, previous foster parents or other individuals important to the child and do not demand an exclusive relationship with the child.
They recognize that old patterns may cause some children to leave relationships in difficult ways and they can allow the child to approach them even after a difficult separation.
They are able to ask, “What is the motivation behind this behavior?” and can respond to the underlying motives as well as the obvious behaviors.
For kids living with a challenging adopted sibling. Call Helen Kaplan at Attachment COALITION for details 734-707-9131
Call Helen Kaplan at Attachment COALITION for details 734-707-9131