There are more than 400,000 American children in foster care on any given day in the United States. In Michigan, that number is approximately 13,000.
How you can help!
Become a foster parent! We need caring homes for all children who have been removed from their families due to abuse or neglect. Foster parents are crucial supports to children who are in crisis, and they can instill hope and a sense of belonging. Our greatest need is foster parents who will care for teenagers, sibling groups, and medically fragile youth.
If you are interested in becoming a foster parent, we can refer you to one of our partner agencies who will assist you with training and licensing each step of the way! Some of the steps are:
- Attend a three-hour orientation that provides an overview of agency policies and licensing rules
- Fill out an application
- Participate in home visits and interviews
- Complete criminal background checks
- Fulfill foster parent pre-licensing training
- Become licensed – licensing takes four to six months to complete!
Children in foster care range in age from newborns to teenagers and often are in sibling groups. They may remain with you for a short time or for a long duration as their parents work on the issues that brought their children into foster care.
WMPC provides foster care through our five partner agencies: Bethany Christian Services, Catholic Charities West Michigan, D.A. Blodgett-St. John’s, Samaritas, and Wellspring Lutheran Services. You can sign up to become a foster parent with our partner agencies directly. Visit their websites by clicking the logos below.You can also sign up directly with WMPC by clicking here, or calling us at (616) 419-2505.
You can also call Foster Care Navigators at 855-MICHKIDS. Navigators are experienced foster care parents who can answer your questions, help you find an agency to foster with, and provide you with guidance along your journey to becoming a foster parent.
Enhanced Foster Care
WMPC recently launched a new service, Enhanced Foster Care (EFC), designed to provide an intensive community-based approach by stabilizing current youth in foster care, diverting youth from being placed out of the community, and deliberately returning youth from residential care back to the community.