Children in crisis need you
The purpose of foster care is to offer a safe, temporary, out-of-home placement for children who have been removed from their family due to abuse or neglect. There is such high demand right now – so many children in our area who need care – that we have been struggling to find foster homes for children of all ages. There are about 14,000 children in foster care in Michigan. The tri-county area, which we serve, currently accounts for more than half of all foster care cases in the state.
Oakland Family Services alone receives between 8 and 18 requests every single day to place children in foster homes. Often, requests we receive are from children in a shelter, because there continued to be no foster home for them, through Oakland Family Services or any other agency. Children as young as 2 have gone to a shelter, in one instance for as long as 2-3 weeks, as they wait on a foster home. We do not have enough foster homes to take these kids in, and care for them, at such a desperate, scary time in their lives.
We desperately need people who want to make a difference for these children – children who have endured abuse or neglect in their home – by becoming foster parents.