Vision: A community of belonging, resiliency, and hope where children and families flourish.
Driven by a belief that all children deserve safety and the opportunity to thrive, West Michigan Partnership for Children (WMPC) is a new Kent County, Michigan organization piloting an innovative foster care model to create better futures for children.
Mission: Empowering communities to create better futures for children and families through innovation and collaboration.
The 2017 launch of WMPC is the result of a long-term collaboration between dedicated professionals, Kent County community leaders and partners, Michigan Child Welfare Partnership Council, and legislators. As the only private entity in Michigan to oversee a network of foster care and service providers, WMPC and its partners work seamlessly with the public sector to improve outcomes for abused and neglected children.
WMPC draws from national and local best practices to:
- Administer performance-based contracts that require foster care and service providers to meet key outcomes for children and families in an efficient and timely manner;
- Facilitate a funding model that prioritizes permanency, allows creativity and flexibility for needed services, and rewards early interventions that result in positive outcomes;
- Utilize cutting-edge technology and software for real-time case management and predictive analytics that identify client needs and mobilize resources to prevent crises;
- Lead and empower a collaborative consortium, leveraging the talent, expertise, and historical knowledge of Bethany Christian Services, Catholic Charities of West Michigan, D.A. Blodgett-St. John’s, Samaritas, and Wellspring Lutheran Services.
WMPC ensures that children removed from their homes by Kent County MDHHS due to abandonment, abuse, or neglect are placed in safe, family-like settings with culturally responsive and trauma-informed services.
Valuing reunification and family preservation, WMPC and its partner agencies seek to strengthen and empower families, increasing reunifications and decreasing the time children spend in the child welfare system. WMPC prioritizes placing children with relatives and procuring adoption services only when return to home is not possible.
WMPC is transparent and accountable to its community and stakeholders for improving the lives of children in Kent County. In solidarity with the people most affected by the child welfare system, we are partners in this journey to create better futures for children.