DOMESTIC and STATE WARD ADOPTIONS, LICENSING, and FOSTER PROGRAMS NOW AVAILABLE

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PRIDE TRAINING

PRIDE TRAINING at FOREVER FAMILIES:
If you have not provided verification that you have completed PRIDE with another agency or DHS you are welcome to attend any of these trainings. PRIDE training is required to be completed prior to becoming adoptive or foster parents. The training dates are as follows:

OUR WEBSITE UNDER CONSTRUCTION!   NEW DATES WILL BE AVAILABLE SOON.    THANK YOU.

FROM 9:00 am to 4:00 pm

AT OUR NEW LIVONIA OFFICE  17940 Farmington Road #301, Livonia MI 48152  NEW phone:  734.762.0909

Adopting families MUST complete Sessions on these days prior to their home study being finalized.

Families looking to be licensed for Foster Care MUST attend ALL sessions.
Please RSVP ahead of time by calling OUR NEW PHONE NUMBER   734.762.0909
Email: mjhebner@forever-families.org

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FOSTER CARE SERVICES

SONY DSCForever 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.

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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.

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DAVID and BARBARA

WE David and Barbara 2010 smallWHY WE THINK WE WILL MAKE GOOD PARENTS:

We think we will be good parents because we consider ourselves to be good parents.  We have  a 10 year old daughter and 8 year old son that are happy, well taken care of, and always know that they are loved.  We are always trying to think of new things to introduce our children to to find out what they would like most (e.g. hockey, guitar, cub scouts, etc.) and we are always involving them in new fun experiences (camping, four wheeling, archery, arts and crafts).  Our children are kind, respectful, and have sensitive hearts.  We are very family oriented and committed to raising our children in a healthy, loving environment.  We are lucky enough to be financially stable and able to provide well for our children.  Our jobs allow us the flexibility to be involved in our children’s lives.  Barb volunteers at their school on a regular basis and Dave has been able to coach several of their activities such as baseball, softball, and hockey.  We have a lot of love to give a child and believe that our children will be wonderful, doting, older siblings.

VALUES WE PLAN TO SHARE/TEACH A CHILD:

We have raised our children to value their family and their faith.  We want them to be kind to others and helpful.  We want them to know the importance of being responsible and to think of how their actions will affect others.  We want them to have pride in themselves and know the importance of honesty and hard work.  We stress the belief of “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.”

THE PEOPLE/PETS/THINGS THAT MAKE UP OUR FAMILY:

Our family consists of Dave, Barb, our daughter Lauren, our son David, our dog Sable, and our cats, Edmund and Oreo.

THINGS OUR FAMILY CELEBRATES:

We love to celebrate holidays and occasions.  Christmas is our biggest holiday and our biggest reason to make long trips to visit extended family.  We love Halloween too with all its spookiness and fun activities.  We love decorating our house for the holidays and engaging in whatever fun activity is related to the holiday.  For example, around Halloween we go to haunted trails, haunted houses, pumpkin picking, corn mazes, and Halloween camping weekends.  We make a big deal out of birthdays as well.  We celebrate our accomplishments as well either attending banquets for sports or going out to dinner to celebrate an award or a job well done.

RELIGION/SPIRITUAL BELIEFS:

Dave was raised Lutheran and Barb was raised Catholic.  We are raising the children in the Catholic faith and they attend Catholic school.  We see ourselves more as Christian than Catholic per se.  We believe in God and Jesus and are very spiritual without being strictly religious.  Our faith is strong but we are not very strict about following religious policy.  We pray daily and say grace when we eat at the table.

THINGS WE LIKE TO DO (ACTIVITIES/HOBBIES):

We love the outdoors.  We love to camp, hike, swim, and ride four wheelers.  Dave loves to hunt and fish.  Barb loves art and her interests include stained glass making and watercolor painting.  The kids have various interests.  Lauren loves to ice skate, play softball, play on the computer, and get together with friends.  Lauren loves music, singing, and dancing.  Davey loves baseball, hockey and Pokémon.  He also loves to sing.  As a family we enjoy getting together with friends and involving ourselves in local events such as fundraisers.

OUR ETHNIC BACKGROUND (WHERE OUR FAMILY CAME FROM):

Dave’s family is full German; Barb’s family is a mix of several ethnicities to include German, English, Irish, Czechoslovakian and Polish.  Dave’s family of origin has been settled in the Western end of the Upper Peninsula for the past 40 years, in a small town called Ironwood, bordering Wisconsin.  Barb’s family of origin has been located in the Detroit area for approximately 50 years or so.

WHERE WE LIVE (HOME AND NEIGHBORHOOD):

We live in the city of Sault Ste. Marie in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.  It is a very old city and is popular for the Soo Locks.  We are surrounded by nature, with forests and lakes close by. We live in a three bedroom, two story brick Dutch colonial home that is about 100 years old. There is a nursery off of our main bedroom where the baby will sleep until he or she is old enough to share a room with one of their siblings.  We love where we live but hope to eventually live on the water.   Our town is small and we live only a few blocks from the Soo Locks and the downtown area.  We are very much small town America.  The kids go to school two blocks from our house and Dave and Barb both work two miles from their house.  The tourist shops are only a couple blocks away so we have fun playing tourists and visiting the gift shops and eating ice cream and fudge!

ONE THING WE WOULD LIKE THE BIRTH FAMILY TO KNOW MOST ABOUT US:

We love to have fun!  As much as we love to stay at home, snuggle and watch movies, we are much more likely to be out and about attending various activities and events to try new things and see new places.  We love to travel and hope to have our children see a good deal of this world before they are adults.  We love the thought of adding to our family so that family celebrations are bigger and that our children have a greater sense of connectedness.  Please know that any child brought into our family will be loved extensively and that our children’s happiness is always our top priority.  Thank you for considering our family, Dave and Barb Weber

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SIBLING SUPPORT GROUP

For kids living with a challenging adopted sibling.  Call Helen Kaplan at Attachment COALITION for details 734-707-9131

http://www.attach.org/protocol/landry.pdf

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LEARNING & BUILDING SOCIAL SKILLS TOGETHER

Call Helen Kaplan at Attachment COALITION for details 734-707-9131

http://www.attach.org/protocol/landry.pdf

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DOMESTIC TRAINING

We welcome you to attend the Fall Domestic Adoption Trainings at Forever Families, Inc. 42400 W. Grand River Ste. 111 Novi, MI 48375.These classes are not mandatory but are strongly recommended.

Domestic Adoption Training I
Legal Process and changes
SPRING 2015

Domestic Adoption Training II
Adoption Communication open/close
SPRING 2015

Domestic Adoption Training III
Networking in Adoption
SPRING 2015

Please RSVP your attendance to mjhebner@forever-families.org

All classes are on Saturday from 10:00am-Noon at our NEW LIVONIA OFFICE (17940 Farmington Road #301, Livonia MI 48152 (734.762.0909)  Please be prompt as I start classes at 10:00 and get everyone out at noon. These classes will be repeated in the Fall of 2015.

 

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It’s true that we don’t know what we’ve got until we lose it, but it’s also true that we don’t know what we’ve been missing until it arrives. Unknown

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EVERY BABY NEEDS A LAP. Henry Robin

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There is no way to be a perfect mother, and a million ways to be a good one.” ~Jill Churchill

If evolution really works, how come mothers only have two hands? ~Milton Berle

 

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Biology is the least of what makes someone a mother. ~Oprah Winfrey

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KIDS’ THOUGHTS ON LOVE FOR VALENTINES DAY

LOVE IS LIKE AN AVALANCHE WHERE YOU HAVE TO RUN FOR YOUR LIFE. John age 9

I THINK YOU’RE SUPPOSED TO GET SHOT WITH AN ARROW OR SOMETHING BUT IT ISN’T SUPPOSED TO BE SO PAINFUL.  Manuel age 8

ONCE I’M DONE WITH KINDERGARTEN, I’M GOING TO FIND ME A WIFE.  Tom age 5

ON THE FIRST DATE, THEY JUST TELL EACH OTHER LIES AND THAT GETS THEM INTERESTED ENOUGH TO GO FOR A SECOND DATE. Mike age 10

IT GIVES ME A HEADACHE TO THINK ABOUT THAT STUFF.  I’M JUST JUST A KID.  I DON’T NEED THAT KIND OF TROUBLE.   Kenny age 7

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LOVE LOVE LOVE ….

ADOPTION IS WHEN A BABY GROWS IN A MOMMY’S HEART INSTEAD OF HER TUMMY.  Unknown

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LEGACY OF AN ADOPTED CHILD

Once there were two women who never knew each other
One you do not remember, the other you call Mother

Two different lives shaped to make you one
One became your guiding star, the other became your sun

The first one gave you life, and the second taught you to live it
The first gave you a need for love, the second was there to give it

One gave you a nationality, the other gave you a name
One gave you a talent, the other gave you aim

One gave you emotions, the other calmed your fears
One saw your first sweet smile, the other dried you tears

One made an adoption plan, that was all that she could do
The other prayed for a child, and God led her straight to you.
Now, which of these two women, Are you the product of?
Both, my darling, Both, Just two different types of love.
—- Unknown

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