FOSTER YOUTH & "Aging-Out" Of The System
Foster Closet of Michigan
Phone:  800-554-4966  ext. 213
Our organization provides clothing, underclothing, toys, shoes, baby equipment and gear 
and in some cases furniture, to children placed in the foster care system in the State of 
Michigan. These items are new and like new items that have been donated to us.  The Foster 
Closet is not a "One Stop" shop; families may use it as many times as the need arises.  
Local branches throughout the State of Michigan.


The State of Michigan has launched a Web Site to offer advice and opportunities to foster children 
who are aging out of Michigan's child welfare system.  The new Department of Human Services information about services and support for hundreds of current and 
former foster youths.  

Safe Haven 4 Kids of Michigan                            
6135 King Road
Marine City,  MI  48039
Phone:  810-765-KIDS      616-452-6664   24 hour line
Safe Haven offers safe and suitable housing along with wraparound services to youth, ages 
18-21 who are in the foster care system, or have been terminated from the system and are in 
need of housing. Some of the services include GED training, mentoring, counseling, vocational 
training, and life skills instruction.  Safe Haven will eventually offer services to other clientele 
in the near future.  

Vista Maria                                
20651 West Warren Avenue
Dearborn Heights,  MI  48127
Phone:  800-7Vista-6
Vista Maria has been healing abused and traumatized youth and their families since 1883.  
We provide an array of residential treatment and community-based programs, including 
foster care. Our foster care programs service boys and girls ages 0–20. In addition to general 
foster care. Vista Maria also offers specialized foster care programs.  We provide the support 
for families and youth to be successful.

Big Family of Michigan, Inc.         
41757 Irwin Road
Harrison Township, MI  48045
Phone:  586-415-6968
Offers the following services: 
Birthday in a Bag:
Party supplies, treats and party favors along with a gift for the birthday child are given 
to the social worker or foster parents to create a party for the foster child. 
Birthday Party Hosts: 
We supply the birthday kids for any individual who wishes to host a birthday party for foster 
children at a local community center, church, etc. (cannot be hosted in a private home for 
security reasons).
Comfort Bags:
This emergency package contains: age/gender appropriate toiletries, socks, underwear, 
and pajamas distributed through Child Protective Services (CPS)
Aging Out Program:
Aging out foster youth receive some of the important necessities they need to build an 
independent life, such as: bedding, linens, kitchen items, etc.
School Supplies Program:
Supplies are provided for foster children prior to the fall semester and made available 
during the year as requested for K through college.
Holiday Celebrations and Events:
Games and toys (new), hats/gloves/scarves, blankets, candy and much more are collected 
through donations/drives then distributed to foster children identified by agencies, churches 
and community groups. During the holiday season, our program also includes underserved, underprivileged children outside the foster system.
Recreational Activities:
Partnerships with the Detroit Tigers, Detroit Pistons and the Detroit Lions enable Big Family 
to accompany foster youth to professional sporting events with Big Family treating the children 
to the refreshments.
Educational Support:
$1,000 scholarships are awarded through applications for college bound foster youth. These 
are made possible through donations from individuals, businesses and partnering 501c3 
organizations. Plans are to expand this program to include K-12 foster children to provide 
them the opportunity to experience extra-curricular classes that most foster families cannot 
MARE Support:
Michigan Adoption Resource Exchange (MARE) enlists the support of Big Family of Michigan 
for their adoption festival each year. Big Family provides arts and crafts, stuffed animals, enter-
tainment, candy and goodies bags for all the children as well as 100 volunteers to work the festival. 

Covenant House of Michigan
2959 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Detroit, MI  48208
Phone:  313-463-2000
Covenant House Michigan is a faith-based nonprofit organization that provides hope to homeless, runaway and at-risk youth ages 18-24. We provide shelter, educational and vocational programs, 
as well as other support services, to help overcome hurdles such as homelessness, unemployment, inadequate education, violence, drugs and gangs. Our goal is to redirect them onto a path toward meaningful and successful adulthood.  CHM has come to be known by Detroit area young people 
as a place they can go to build a better future and be treated with respect and unconditional love. Over 60,000 youths have been served by CHM since its inception in September, 1997.

Wellspring Lutheran Services (formerly Boys & Girls Republic)
Corporate Office: 
4100 Pier North Blvd.  Suite A 
Flint, MI  48504
Phone:  989-686-7650
An extensive system of support services is provided. These include foster parent training, individual 
and family counseling for children, independent living services, behavior modification/therapy services when necessary for children, and case management services. In most locations, support groups are offered for foster parents. A Wellspring caseworker is assigned to each foster child and the caseworker 
is responsible for providing services to the child, the foster family, and the biological family. A foster 
care licensor is also assigned to each foster family to provide support and to ensure their needs are being met.

Common Ground Sanctuary
Administration Office:
1410 S. Telegraph Road (at Orchard Lake Road)
Bloomfield Hills, MI  48302
Phone:  248-456-8150              24-Hour Resource and Crisis Helpline: 1-800-231-1127
Common Ground offers many programs and services through its five locations in Oakland County 
and one location in Genesee County. If you would like more information about available programs 
please contact one of our offices listed below.
Mental Health Services / Resource and Crisis Center
1200 N Telegraph Rd.,  Bldg. 32E
Pontiac,  MI  48341
Phone:  248-451-2600
Crisis Residential Unit
1200 N. Telegraph Rd., Bldg. 32E
Pontiac, MI   48341    Call Resource and Crisis Center for admittance
Youth Programs
The Sanctuary and A Step Forward
751 Hendrie Blvd.
Royal Oak, MI   48067
Crisis Intervention & Recovery Team (CIRT)
1063 Professional Dr.  Suite D4
Flint, MI   48532
Common Ground provides a lifeline for individuals and families in crisis, victims of crime, persons 
with mental illness, people trying to cope with critical situations and runaway and homeless youths. Helping people in need for more than 40 years, Common Ground serves more than 80,000 individuals 
per year. The majority of services are free of charge and 93 percent of every dollar received goes to 
direct service. Experiencing a personal or family crisis or know someone who is?  We can help. 
Call our 24-hour Resource and Crisis Helpline at 1-800-231-1127 for free and confidential counseling, information and referrals.

Starfish and Counterpoint Shelter & Crisis Center
Administrative Office: 
3000 Hiveley Road  (main office)
Inkster, MI   48141-1089
Phone:  734-728-3400     24 hour Crisis Line:  866-672-4357 / 313-563-5005
Founded in 1963, Starfish Family Services is a private, nonprofit agency serving vulnerable children 
and families in metropolitan Detroit. Early childhood development is our passion. Every day, we strive 
to prepare young children for a successful start to school. As a leading provider of Early Head Start 
and Head Start programs, we embrace a comprehensive strategy that works to address challenges 
our children and their families may face at home. We provide parenting resources, children’s mental health services, after-school programs, and an emergency shelter for teens and youth in crisis. Based 
in Inkster, we have more than a dozen programs at service sites throughout metropolitan Detroit.

Orchards Children's Services
Administrative Office:
Oakland & Wayne Counties
24091 Northwestern Hwy.  Suite 500     
Southfield, MI  48075
Phone: 248-250-0440
Genesee County
444 Church Street
Flint, MI  48502
Phone: 810-239-3264
Macomb County
42140 Van Dyke   Suite 206
Sterling Heights, MI  48314
Phone: 586-997-3886
Washtenaw County
1995 Highland Drive   Suite F
Ann Arbor, MI   48108
Phone: 734-622-0217
We also serve Jackson, Lenawee, Livingston, Monroe, Shiawassee and St. Clair counties 
and provide Specialized Statewide Services.
A little more than fifty years ago, Orchards Children’s services was established by the Greater
Detroit Section of the National Council of Jewish Women. The founders recognized the need 
to improve the lives of children.

Macomb County Regional Office
12220 Thirteen Mile Road  Suite #200
Warren, MI  48093
Phone:  586-573-1810
Oakland County Regional Office
4410 West Thirteen Mile Road
Royal Oak, MI  48073
Phone: 248-549-4339
Washtenaw County Regional Office
2935 Birch Hollow Drive 
Ann Arbor, MI  48108
Phone:  734-528-2003
(also house programs in Lenawee & Monroe Counties)
Genesee County Regional Office 
2503 Lindon Road  Suite #103
Flint, MI  48532
Phone: 810-732-8510
Wayne Country Regional Office
12723 Telegraph Road   Suite #200
Redford, MI  48239
Phone:  313-794-565
The philosophy of Judson Center’s Foster Care Program is that every child is entitled 
to grow up in a permanent family. During the time a child is placed in foster care, Judson 
Center works with biological families to strengthen the family unit and reduce barriers 
in order for children to safely return home to their biological families. If it is determined 
that children cannot safely return home to their biological families, Judson Center searches 
for alternative permanent placement to ensure a child grows up in a permanent family.

The Children's Center of Wayne County
79 Alexandrine West
Detroit, MI   48201
Phone:  313-831-5535
Since 1929, we’ve led the way in working with children struggling with mental and behavioral 
health challenges or experiencing trauma.

SAMARITAS   (formally Lutheran Social Services of Michigan)         
8131 E. Jefferson Ave.
Detroit, MI  48214
Phone: 313-823-7700
Samaritas has been providing services for children and families since 1934. Samaritas 
is Michigan’s largest private foster care organization, helping more than 800 children 
daily. Our experienced staff are passionate about their desire to help foster families 
create a better life for the children in their care.

Catholic Social Service of Southeast Michigan
Phone:  855-88-CSEM (22736)
CCSEM provides a full spectrum of adoption and foster care services to assist birth families, 
foster children and their foster families, and prospective adoptive families to successfully 
navigate the legal and governmental agency process as well as providing support through 
the emotional journey. 
Our services include:
Foster care, licensing, intake, and adoption
In-home studies for prospective adoptive or foster care parents
Adoption searches
Infant adoption
Post adoption support
Informational classes
Supervised independent living for youth who have aged out of foster care
Independent living
Serving the Counties:
Lapeer / Monroe / St. Clair / Macomb / Oakland / Wayne

Yatooma's Foundation for the Kids
1615 S. Telegraph Road  Suite #300
Bloomfield Hills,  MI  48302
Phone:  1-888-987-KIDS
Bringing Tenderness To Tragedy and turning tragedy to triumph for the families 
of kids who have lost a parent by providing practical, professional, and personal 
assistance at each stage of the grieving and recovery process.

Don Bosco Hall
Administrative Office:
7375 Woodward Avenue
Detroit, MI  48202
Phone: 313-869-2200 
Residential - DBH West
10001 Petoskey
Detroit, MI  48204
Phone: 313-834-8677 
Depaul Youth Treatment Center
609 E. Grand Boulevard
Detroit, MI  48207
Phone:  313-834-8677
Eagle Program - DBH West
10001 Petoskey
Detroit, MI  48204
Phone: 313-834-8677 
Male Leadership Academy
10001 Petoskey
Detroit, MI  48204
Phone: 313-834-8677
Don Bosco Hall's Community Resource Center
19321 West Chicago
Detroit, MI  48228
Phone: 313-493-9129 
Transitional Services Programs
Youth Assistance Program (YAP)
Supervised Independent Living Program
19321 West Chicago
Detroit, MI  48228
Phone:  313-869-2200 
Sutton House Residential Treatment
12040 Broadstreet
Detroit, MI  48204
Phone:  313-834-9922 
Cody Rouge Brightmoor Youth Initiative
19321 West Chicago
Detroit, MI  48228
Phone: 313-493-9129
Don Bosco Hall's Youthville Detroit
7375 Woodward Avenue
Detroit, MI  48201
Phone: 313-309-1300
A private non-profit agency which provides supportive human services to enhance 
the quality of life for youth and their families residing in the Metropolitan Detroit--Wayne 
County Community. Component services or activities may include educational and employment assistance, training in daily living skills, and housing assistance.  Specific component services 
and activities are geared towards post-foster care services:  basic life-skill building, instruction 
in budgeting, using credit. housekeeping, menu planning and food preparation classes. 

Holy Cross Children's Services
Administrative Office:
8759 Clinton-Macon Road
Clinton, MI  48236
Phone: 517-423-7455
Holy Cross Children’s Services is one of the largest private, not-for-profit providers of child 
services in Michigan. The service portfolio includes residential campuses and group homes, 
charter schools, foster care homes, supervised independent living programs, day treatment 
and a variety of community-based services. HCCS has offices and service sites in Clinton, 
Detroit, Clinton Township, Redford, Saginaw, Mt. Morris, Traverse City, Kalamazoo and Grand 
Rapids. In addition, HCCS is the managing partner for Samaritan Center, Michigan’s largest 
one-stop social services, and employment center – located on the east side of Detroit. HCCS 
is also the managing partner for Kairos Healthcare, an adolescent and adult substance abuse 
facility in Saginaw, Michigan. HCCS provides help to approximately 650 children and families 

Starr Commonwealth
Starr Detroit
22400 W. Seven Mile Road
Detroit, MI  48219
Phone:  313-794-4447  
Starr Albion
13725 Starr Commonwealth Road
Albion, MI  49224
Phone: 800-837-5591
Starr Commonwealth is dedicated to the mission of creating positive environments where children 
and families flourish. We specialize in residential, community-based, educational and professional training programs that build on the strengths of children, adults and families in communities around 
the world.

Alternatives for Girls
903 W. Grand Blvd.
Detroit, MI  48208
Phone: 313-361-4000
Helps homeless and high-risk girls and young women avoid violence, teen pregnancy and exploitation 
by providing safe shelter, educational support, vocational guidance, mentoring and counseling.

Ruth Ellis Center
77 Victor
Highland Park, MI  48203
Phone: 313-252-1950
The Ruth Ellis Center currently operates four core services: (1) our residential housing program—
Ruth’s House; (2) Second Stories Drop-In Center, providing low-barrier access to  safety-net services 
like food, clothing, showers, laundry and case management; (3) Second Stories Outpatient Mental 
Health Services; and (4) Family Group Decision Making (FGDM). Through the application of positive 
youth development programming, facilitated psycho-educational peer support groups, structured mentoring programs and the provision of core and adjunct services, either on-site or through referrals, we seek to provide life-enhancing and life-sustaining services designed to improve the health outcomes of homeless LGBTQ youth and encourage thriving behavior.
The Program includes the following services:
Individual assessments and intake
Basic life skills and counseling
Interpersonal skill building
Educational advancement
Job preparation and attainment
Mental health care
Physical health care
Youth development approach
Aftercare planning and follow-up

Spectrum Human Services
28303 Joy Road
Westland, MI  48185
Phone: 734-458-8736
We are a child welfare, family preservation and mental health human services organization. 
Our services include foster care, adoption, family preservation, mental health treatment services, substance abuse treatment, employment/career training, programs for adjudicated youth, and 
group homes for developmentally disabled adults. For 40 years, we have served children, youth 
and families throughout ten counties in the state of Michigan with innovative and superior programs. 
We are committed to enriching the lives and capabilities of the individuals and families we serve. 

Wolverine Human Services
Administrative Offices:
15100 Mack Avenue
Grosse Pointe Park, MI  48230
Phone: 313-824-4400
Wolverine Center
2629 Lenox Street
Detroit, MI  48215
Phone: 313-822-2400
Community Based Office
43902 Woodward Ave.  Suite #100
Bloomfield Hills, MI  48302
Phone:  248-724-2643
Community Based Office
4488 W. Bristol Rd., Suite #2
Flint, MI  48507
Community Based Offices
20300 Superior Road
Taylor, MI  48180
Phone: 734-284-6264
Community Based Office
11885 E. 12 Mile   Suite #302b
Warren, MI  48093
Phone:  586-751-2802
Wolverine Human Services supports diverse treatment needs such as juvenile delinquency, 
substance abuse, rehabilitation, foster care placement, adoption, high security residential 
treatment, and culturally-specific care.  Our programs are located throughout southeast 
Michigan, with campuses in Detroit, Vassar, and Buena Vista Township. Our kids and families 
come from each of Michigan’s 83 counties.


ONE SIMPLE WISH                
1977 N. Olden Ave.  #292
Trenton, NJ   08618
Phone:  609-883-8484
One Simple Wish has been making small miracles happen for foster children and vulnerable families 
since December 2008. We offer everyone a glimpse into the life of a child in the foster care system or
a family in need. Our goal is to connect people, one to one, to create rewarding, meaningful relationships between the giver and recipient.  Here on our website you can browse through hundreds of wishes 
posted on behalf of some of the most deserving, yet invisible children and families in the United States. Wish granting is simple and affordable, with most wishes ranging between $5 and $100. We allow everyone the chance to make a direct impact on the lives of those in need...anytime, from anywhere. Discount Program
Phone:  855-936-7837 provides discounts to foster youth / aging-out youth who register on their website 
for discounts at companies from Target to Barnes & Noble and beyond. Visit more information.

Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative
Phone:  410-547-6600
The mission of the Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative is to ensure that young people—primarily those between ages 14 and 25—make successful transitions from foster care to adulthood. We do this 
by working nationally, in states, and locally to improve policies and practices, promote youth engagement, apply evaluation and research, and create community partnerships. Our work creates opportunities for young people to achieve positive outcomes in permanence, education, employment, housing, health, financial capability, and social capital.  Our vision is for every young person leaving foster to have the opportunities and support needed for a successful transition to adulthood.

National Foster Care Coalition (NFCC)
605 North Carolina Avenue SE, Unit #2
Washington, DC  20003
Phone:  202-280-2039

National Network 4 Youth (NN4Y)
741 8th Street, SE
Washington, DC 20003
Phone:  202-783-7949
The National Network for Youth (NN4Y) has been a public education and policy advocacy organization   dedicated   to   the prevention and eradication of youth homelessness in America for over 40 years. 
As the largest and most diverse network of its kind, NN4Y mobilizes over 300 members and affiliates –organizations that work on the front lines every day to prevent and otherwise respond to youth homelessness.


Foster Care to Success 
21351 Gentry Drive   Suite 130
Sterling, VA  20166
Phone:  571-203-0270
Provides college scholarships, connects youths to mentors and internships, etc. 

Did you know there are now 8 state colleges that offer scholarships & support 
to foster kids?  Go to this website:

The University of Michigan offers eight current or former foster youths 
up to $5,000 a year through a new Paul and Amy Blavin Scholars Fund.  
Go to  OR  call 734-763-4119

Michigan State University offers scholarships to former foster youths 
going into social work.  Go to  OR call 517-353-5940.

Michigan Department of Human Services        
As of July 1st, 2009 a foster youth is now considered "independent" when completing the Free
Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) if he / she was a ward of the court at any time after
the 13th birthday.  With an independent status, you are eligible to receive funding for your college

Foster Youth & Higher Education Initiative 
John Seita Scholars Program 
Western Michigan University 
Phone: 269-387-8362

Education and Training Voucher (ETV)
SAMARITIS  (formally Lutheran Social Services of Michigan)
729 W. Michigan Ave.  Suite 200
Jackson, MI  49201
Phone:  517-789-6444    Toll Free 877-660-6388 (METV)
Detroit, MI 
Phone:  877-433-6927
The ETV program provides financial assistance to help youth in foster care pay for training or education
beyond high school.  A youth is eligible until his/her 21st birthday as long as they meet the eligibility 
criteria.  If the youth is participated in the program before his/her 21st birthday, they continue to be 
eligible until age 23 as long as they receive and maintain at least a 2.0 grade point average. 


For the Seventh Generation
PO Box 1739
Taylor, MI  48180
Phone:  313-436-5069
Provides non-law related services to all wards of the court, by encouraging and coordinating volunteer
participation by community organizations and individuals.  We enable organizations and individuals 
who desire to give back to the community, the opportunity and structure to participate in a program 
that addresses the needs of children and their families.  

Michigan Association for Foster Adoptive and Kinship Parents
Phone:  989-733-4527
Committed to the retention and empowerment of families to successfully parent all children placed 
in their care by providing training, advocacy, legislation and support groups.

National Foster Parent Association
The National Foster Parent Association is a champion for the thousands of families that open 
their heart and their home to the over 400,000 children in out-of-home placement in the US.  
NFPA believes in the importance of family-based care for foster children and that every child 
deserves a permanent family.  Supporting foster, adoptive and kinship parents nationally.

Generations United 
Generations United's National Center on Grand families works to enact policies and promote 
programs to help grand families address challenges. Despite facing many barriers, research 
shows that the children in grand families thrive (see Grandfamilies Statistics). Caregivers also 
experience benefits like an increased sense of purpose in life.


Many pages of this website can be a benefit to you!  Also look under Emergency HousingFood ResourcesMedical and Dental Care,
Legal ResourcesClothing Resources, etc.

Also look towards the bottom of this page for help with College & other expenses! 


Adult Dental


Adult FREE
Medical Tests,
& Treatments

Adult & Children's
"Special Wish"



Children & 
Dental Resources
(Including Orthodontics)

Children &
Medical & 

Child Support

Chore Services
(OR Other 
Help Services)



Crime Victim 
& Notification

Crisis Pregnancy
& Pregnancy
(Help For 
& Raising 
Your Baby)


Domestic Abuse 
Sexual Violence

& Employment




Food Programs/

Food Programs/
"Soup Kitchens"

Food Programs/
Meals on 

Foster Youth 

As Caregivers

Grief Support

Help With Rent
& Mortgage 







Legal Resources



Low-Cost Car
& Car Repair 

Home Mortgage

Mental Health
Substance Abuse

Mentor Programs
(for Youths)

Organ Donation



Prisoner & Parolee

Runaway Help

Senior Citizen

Services For
Personnel And
Their Families

Tax Services


Utility Programs

(And Their 

Vision & Hearing 


Youth Programs
& Low-Cost
Summer Camps)
This page was last updated: February 3, 2017