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Raise Hope & Foster Dreams

In Michigan, there are approximately 10,000 children in foster care and nearly 200 children who still need an adoptive family. We need your help to provide a safe, nurturing home for these children until they can be returned to their families. When children cannot be returned to their homes, foster parents are often asked to provide permanent homes to the children placed in their care.





Become a Foster Parent



Christ Child House Detroit is officially licensed as a Michigan Foster Care Program. If you would like to become a foster parent, we can help make that happen. Foster parents provide children and youth with a safe, loving, temporary home; this also makes it possible for the child to stay in their same school, participate in familiar activities, and stay connected to their parents and siblings.  

Purpose of Foster Care 

The Foster Care Program is designed to provide a family environment, in an agency-approved household, for youth who are temporarily or permanently unable to return to their families.  It is our philosophy that all children have the right to emotional nurturance, understanding, educational guidance, and necessary care in a stable, wholesome family environment.  Our Foster Parents and/or Relatives make a commitment to reach out and share their lives and homes to assist in creating a nurturing environment focused upon enhancing the child’s growth and development.  Our primary goal is to reunite families.  


Christ Child House Detroit is licensed by the Michigan Department of Health & Human Services (MDHHS) and nationally accredited by the COA.  

What is the role of a foster parent?

  • Protecting and nurturing children 

  • Meeting the physical, emotional, and developmental needs of a child 

  • Supporting relationships between children and their families 

  • Connecting children to safe, nurturing relationship intended to last a lifetime 

  • Having the ability to work as a member of a professional team. 





What are the qualifications of a foster parent?

  • 21+ years of age

  • Have a sufficient income

  • Space in your home for foster children

  • Can be married or single

  • Can own or rent your home, apartment, condo, etc.   





What services does Christ Child House provide?

  • Pre-placement assessment and visitation 

  • Treatment programs for youth and their families 

  • Parenting Time 

  • Psychiatric/Psychological referral services 

  • Family Team Meeting (FTM), Team Decision Meeting (TDM) and treatment planning 

  • Court Responsibility 

  • Intensive communication with foster and relative families and youth via foster and/or relative home visits and telephone contact 

  • Educational planning assistance 

  • Full Case Management services 





How Do I Become a Foster Care Parent?

STEP 1: Attend Foster Parent Orientation through Christ Child Detroit. The orientation will cover all of the guidelines that foster parent are expected to follow and go over what you can expect from the process. 


STEP 2: Complete the application 

  • After orientation, Christ Child Detroit will provide you with a licensing application packet. In general, the application steps are: fingerprinting with your licensing worker, foster home licensing application, submit medical records for the entire family, complete any other requested paperwork with your licensing worker. 

STEP 3: Attend Free Training 

  • This training offers valuable information to make sure you are ready to become a foster parent. The entire training includes 20-25 hours of content, which will satisfy the pre-licensure training requirement. 


STEP 4: Participate in Home Evaluation 

  • Before welcoming a foster child into your home, you must undergo an on-site home evaluation performed by the licensing worker at Christ Child Detroit. 

  •  Christ Child Detroit’s Licensing Worker will meet with you and your family several times for on-site home visits and interviews. After you attend orientation and submit your application, Christ Child Detroit will schedule your first home visit. 


STEP 5: Become a Foster Parent and Change a Life!

  • We will connect you to a Licensing Worker to begin the process. Again, our primary and urgent focus will be working toward reunification with the child’s family.  For those children with no permanent family connections, we will be working on permanency with a “forever family.” 

Contact Christ Child Detroit Foster Care today

15751 Joy Road

Detroit, MI 48228 

(313) 584-6077

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