FOSTER YOUTH & "Aging-Out" Of The System
                         
NOTE:   
Many pages of this website can be a benefit to you! Also look under 
Educational ResourcesFood ResourcesClothing Resources, etc.

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

Downriver Foster Closet 
12311 Reeck 
Southgate, MI  48195
Phone: 734-493-6764
Website: http://www.downriverfostercloset.com/index.php?page=home
The Downriver Foster closet right now collects donations for gently used children’s clothing 
and items they would need daily for children that are in the foster care system. We provide all 
downriver foster families with items they may need for a placement. Most of the kids that come 
into care come with nothing or very little. Right now, we are a new non-profit just starting out, 
our future goal is to have our own store front. The goal would be to have a nice store that the 
kids felt welcome and safe, we see our storefront having a nice play area for families that have 
more than one kid and while looking for clothes the kids can play. We also would like to hold
weekly classes for foster parents to help with their kid’s hair care, or support groups. We also 
would love to give a few foster kids downriver a scholarship to help them with school or grants 
we can give to families who have kids who want to be involved in sports and they may not be 
able to pay out of pocket for it.

Big Family of Michigan, Inc. 
23500 Pare  
St.Clair Shores, MI  48080
Phone: 586-415-6968 
Website: https://www.bigfamilyofmi.org 
OUR VISION
Our vision has allowed us to expand our outreach to 44 of the 83 counties in Michigan providing 
services and support to foster children and their foster family and grandchildren being raised by 
their grandparents. In Michigan, there are more grandparents raising grandchildren than there are 
foster children. The services for this sector are deficient, as often these families do not qualify for 
any assistance. Our vision is to ensure that all foster children and children raised by their grand-
parents are not overlooked or forgotten.

Foster Closet of Michigan / 23 branches throughout Michigan!
Phone: 800-554-4966
Website: https://fosterclosetofmichigan.org 
Our organization provides clothing, underclothing, toys,shoes, baby equipment, gear and in 
some cases furniture, to children placed in the foster care system in State of MI. These items 
are new and like new items that have been donated to us. Children are often placed into foster 
care with no personal items and in many cases they come into care with only the clothes on 
their back. Our organization provides these kids with stylish new or like new clothing and per-
sonal items helping to begin the process of rebuilding their self-esteem and providing them 
with belonings they can call their own. Foster parents & their children are able to come into 
our facilities and pick out the items they need, for free, providing the children with the ability 
to offer input in wardrobe choices and allowing them to express their personal tastes and in-
dividuality, another big step in helping these children rebuild their lives and self-esteem. Our 
organization never charges for these services or items. Contact them directly! 
Serves Wayne, Monroe, Macomb and Oakland & Washtenaw counties!  

Friends of Foster Kids 
39126 Van Dyke Ave. 
Sterling Heights, MI  48313
Phone: 586-307-GIFT (4438)
Website: https://friendsoffosterkids.org
Friends of Foster Kids (FoFK) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization founded in Macomb County, 
MI in 2008. From Macomb County alone there are approximately 900 children in foster care each 
year. Many of these children have never experienced the joy of receiving a gift at Christmas. 
We provide a “Christmas” for foster children in Macomb, Oakland and Wayne counties, who have 
been removed from their homes due to abuse and neglect and placed in temporary housing or 
shelters. In a season for family, granting a child’s wish speaks softly of unconditional love from
people who care.
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Friends of Foster Kids has expanded its service to lend a hand to those who have aged out of foster 
care at age 20 but are still in need of assistance. Many find themselves with no family and no place 
to live. We help them by meeting some of their basic needs to live independently.

FOR THE SEVENTH GENERATION
P.O. Box 1739
Taylor, MI 48180
Phone: 313-436-5069
Email:  info@ForTheSeventhGeneration.org
Website: https://www.fortheseventhgeneration.org
Can help with a wide variety of issues! 
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The FTSG Help Closet
Samaritan Center Annex 
11457 Shoemaker 
Detroit, MI
For The Seventh Generation's Help Closet is a free “department store” where Detroit-area 
child welfare workers and their clients can “shop” for a wide range of new/gently-used, 
donated items for the children and families in their care. At least twice a year, we also open 
the Help Closet directly to foster parents during “Family Days.”

Christy's Legacy Of Hope
24580 Kensington 
Taylor, MI 48180
Email: christyslegacyofhope@live.com 
Website: https://www.christyslegacyofhope.com/home
Many children are welcomed into foster homes with only what they are wearing. A foster 
family doesn’t always have what that child needs when things happen quickly. Christy’s 
Legacy of Hope fills these bags with everything a child would need for 24 hours until their 
foster parents are able to get what is needed. Diapers, formula, toys, and other essential 
items are also donated.Just one of the many ways Christy’s Legacy of Hope works to put 
a little smile on a sweet face. 

Safe Haven 4 Kids of Michigan   
6135 King 
Marine City, MI 48039
Phone: 810-765-KIDS  
Website: http://www.sh4kom.org
MISSION:
Our desire is to provide a safe haven in an environment that will allow the children to create 
positive, life changing memories. We strive to enable these children to recognize their talents, 
gifts and abilities; thus allowing them to embrace their self worth while gaining hope for their
futures and become positive members of our communities.
GOALS:
Our immediate goal is to continue to provide a one week, life-changing camp for children ages 
6-12 in the foster care system. We will continue to promote community awareness and support 
by maintaining a healthy working relationship with the State of Michigan’s Department of Human 
Services and offering support to foster families. SH4KOM will host multiple community events 
and fundraisers that function to raise necessary funding and allow us to promote our vision and 
raise awareness of the needs of our children.


AGING OUT RESOURCES

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 site--https://www.michigan.gov/fyit-has information about services and support for hundreds of current and former foster youths.  

See FRIENDS OF FOSTER KIDS listing above as well! 

Community Social Services of Wayne County
Main Office: 
9851 Hamilton Ave.
Detroit, MI  48202
Phone:  313-883-2100
&
Dearborn Office:
Garrison Place Office Bldg.
19855 W. Outer Drive  Suite 207 E
Dearborn, MI  48124
Phone: 313-792-9286 
Email: csswc@csswayne.org 
Website: http://www.csswayne.org
Foster Family Care Program 
CCSWC foster families provide temporary homes for abused and/or neglected children while
their birth parents receive services including parenting classes, substance abuse treatment, 
employment referrals and coping skills. 
Semi-Independent Living Program 
As an alternative to foster care, CCSWC offers adolescents a program that focuses on increasing 
the individual's daily living skills, vocational skills, social skills, community integrations and fin-
ancial literacy skills.  
Teen Empowerment Program (TEP)
Individual and group counseling, job readiness workshops, parenting workshops, assistance 
completing high school, life skills, assistance accessing available resources. 
Teen Infant Parenting Services (TIPS)
TIPS is a transitional housing program with the capacity to serve 16 mothers and their children 
in an apartment style setting.  

Vista Maria                                
20651 W. Warren Ave.
Dearborn Heights, MI  48127
Phone: 313-271-3050
Email: info@vistamaria.org
Websitehttps://www.vistamaria.org
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.

Covenant House of Michigan
2959 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Detroit, MI  48208
Phone: 313-463-2000
Website: https://covenanthousemi.org
Covenant House Michigan is a faith-based nonprofit organization that provides hope to home-
less, runaway and at-risk youth ages 18-24. We provide shelter, educational and vocational 
programs, as well as other 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. 

Wellspring Lutheran Services   (formerly Boys & Girls Republic)
Corporate Office: 
4100 Pier North Blvd.  Suite A 
Flint, MI  48504
Phone: 844-467-3356
Website: https://wellspringlutheran.com
An extensive system of support services is provided. These include foster parent training, 
individual and family counseling for children, independent living services, behavior modi-
fication 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 & the biological family. 

Common Ground Sanctuary
Administration Office:
1410 S. Telegraph  (at Orchard Lake Road)
Bloomfield Hills, MI  48302
Phone: 248-456-8150              
24-Hour Resource and Crisis Helpline: 1-800-231-1127
Website:  www.commongroundhelps.org 
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 avail-
able programs please contact one of our offices listed below.
Mental Health Services / Resource and Crisis Center
1200 N Telegraph   Bldg. 32E
Pontiac, MI  48341
Phone:  248-451-2600
&
Crisis Residential Unit
1200 N. Telegraph  Bldg. 32E
Pontiac, MI   48341    
Call Resource and Crisis Center above 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 D-4
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% 
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   
Inkster, MI   48141-1089
Phone: 734-728-3400   
24 hour Crisis Line: 866-672-4357 / 313-563-5005
Website: https://www.starfishfamilyservices.org
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 Head Start and Head Start programs, we em-
brace 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 ser-
vices, 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 Metro
Detroit.

Orchards Children's Services
Administrative Office:
Oakland & Wayne Counties
24091 Northwestern Hwy.  Suite 500     
Southfield, MI  48075
Phone: 248-258-0440
Website: https://orchards.org
&
Genesee County
444 Church 
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 Dr.   Suite F
Ann Arbor, MI   48108
Phone: 734-622-0217
Orchards Children’s Services is one of the largest child welfare agencies in the State of MI, 
founded in 1962 by the National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) Greater Detroit Section.
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We also serve Jackson, Lenawee, Livingston,Monroe, Shiawassee and St. Clair counties and 
provide Specialized Statewide Services.

JUDSON CENTER
Administrative Office:
30301 Northwestern Hwy.  Suite 100
Farmington Hills, MI 48334
Phone: 248-549-4339
Website: https://www.judsoncenter.org
Guided by the belief that every child deserves a safe, permanent, and loving family where 
they can grow up to be happy and productive members of their communities, Judson Cen-
ter has been providing family focused services since 1924 in family preservation, foster 
care and adoption.

The Children's Center of Wayne County
79 Alexandrine West
Detroit, MI   48201
Phone:  313-831-5535
Website: https://www.thechildrenscenter.com
No young adult should age out of foster care alone. Our Young Adult Self-Sufficiency Program
(YASS) gives young people aging out of the foster care program a chance to find success. We 
empower these young adults with the life skills they need to become contributing members of 
society.

SAMARITAS   (formally Lutheran Social Services of Michigan)         
8131 E. Jefferson Ave.
Detroit, MI  48214
Phone: 313-823-7700
Email:  info@samaritas.org
Website: https://www.samaritas.org 
What is Independent Living Plus?
The Independent Living Plus (ILP) program empowers older teens in foster care to grow and 
develop through specialized programs that build on each person’s strengths.The program is 
designed to help them learn to live independently as adults.
While involved with the IL program, youths receive the following services:

Catholic Charities of Southeast Michigan
Main Office:
15945 Canal 
Clinton Township, MI  48038
Phone: 855-88-CCSEM (22736)
Website:  https://ccsem.org
Serving the Child and Family
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:
1.  Foster care, licensing, intake, and adoption
2.  In-home studies for prospective adoptive or foster care parents
3.  Adoption searches
4.  Informational classes
5.  Supervised independent living for youth who have aged out of foster care
6.  Independent living

Catholic Social Services of Washtenaw County
CSSW Main Building:
4925 Packard 
Ann Arbor, MI  48108
Phone: 734-971-9781
Website: https://csswashtenaw.org/family-children/foster-care
CSSW offers foster care for children who have been separated from their birth families 
for reasons of abuse and/or neglect. CSSW licenses foster families to provide a safe, 
loving temporary home until the child can be reunified with their birth family.
To Get Started:
Contact our Foster Care Program at 734-971-9781 ext. 448 for answers to questions about 
the foster care process, what it takes to become a foster parent through CSSW and the 
next information meeting. Our agency works with families from Washtenaw and surrounding 
counties.

Yatooma's Foundation for the Kids
1615 S. Telegraph  Suite #300
Bloomfield Hills, MI  48302
Phone: 888-987-KIDS
Email:  info@forthekidsfoundation.org
Website: https://forthekidsfoundation.org
Who We Are:
Yatooma’s Foundation For The Kids is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing 
guidance, stability, and financial assistance to families with children who have lost one 
or both parents.This all-too-common tragedy transcends the lines of race, religion, and 
status and often forces children to prematurely assume the burden of adult responsibility. 
In addition to immediate financial resources for living expenses, Yatooma’s Foundation 
For The Kids attempts to provide at least some semblance of the parent’s mentoring hand, 
now reduced to memories and photographs.

Don Bosco Hall
Administrative Office:
7375 Woodward Ave.
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 Blvd.
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
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Don Bosco Hall's Community Resource Center
19321 W. Chicago
Detroit, MI  48228
Phone: 313-493-9129 
&
Transitional Services Programs
Youth Assistance Program (YAP)
Supervised Independent Living Program
19321 W. 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 W. Chicago
Detroit, MI  48228
Phone: 313-493-9129
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Don Bosco Hall's Youthville Detroit
7375 Woodward Ave.
Detroit, MI  48201
Phone: 313-309-1300
Website:  www.donboscohall.org
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:  

Holy Cross Children's Services
Administrative Office:
8759 Clinton-Macon 
Clinton, MI  48236
Phone: 517-423-7455
Website:  www.hccsnet.org
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. 

Starr Commonwealth
Starr Detroit
22400 W. Seven Mile 
Detroit, MI  48219
Phone:  313-794-4447  
Website:  www.starr.org
&
Starr Albion
13725 Starr Commonwealth
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 fam-
ilies in communities around the world.

Alternatives for Girls
903 W. Grand Blvd.
Detroit, MI  48208
Phone: 313-361-4000 #295
Email:  resourcecenter@alternativesforgirls.org
Website: https://alternativesforgirls.org
AFG’s Shelter Program provides a stable home, counseling, and life skills training to home-
less young women aged 15-21 and their children.The goal is to empower them to lead pro-
ductive and fulfilling lives. AFG’s Shelter can house up to 30 young women and their child-
ren. In addition to providing homeless young women with a safe and stable place to stay, 
AFG also provides life skills classes, counseling and case planning services to those we 
serve—all with the goal of giving them the tools they need to lead fulfilling and independent 
lives.
Shelter programs include:
Stepping Stones
A program for homeless and runaway young women ages 15-17 with the goal of reunifying 
them with their families.
Emergency Shelter
A program for homeless young women ages 15-21 and their children, with the goal of providing
a short-term safe and stable environment until they can get back on their feet.
Transition to Independent Living
Provides homeless young women with long-term shelter combined with life skills classes, case planning services, and counseling, with the goal of providing young women with the tools they 
need to be successful on their own.
Aftercare
Provides continuing support to young women ages 15-21 that have moved out of our shelter 
as well as to youth who are homeless or are at risk of becoming homeless in the community.

Ruth Ellis Center
77 Victor
Highland Park, MI  48203
Phone: 313-252-1950
Website: http://www.ruthelliscenter.org
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-en-
hancing and life-sustaining services designed to improve the health outcomes of home-
less LGBTQ youth and encourage thriving behavior.
The Program includes the following services:

Spectrum Human Services
28303 Joy 
Westland, MI  48185
Phone: 734-458-8736
Email: info@spectrumhuman.org 
Website: http://www.spectrumhuman.org/SHS/Default.aspx
We are a child welfare, family preservation and mental health human services organization. 
Our services include foster care, adoption, family preservation, mental health treatment ser-
vices, 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 indiv-
iduals and families we serve. 

Wolverine Human Services
Administrative Offices:
15100 Mack Ave.
Grosse Pointe Park, MI  48230
Phone: 313-824-4400
&
Wolverine Center
2629 Lenox 
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   Suite #2
Flint, MI  48507
&
Community Based Offices
20300 Superior 
Taylor, MI  48180
Phone: 734-284-6264
&
Community Based Office
11885 E. 12 Mile   Suite #302 b
Warren, MI  48093
Phone:  586-751-2802
Website: http://www.wolverinehs.org/services
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 SE MI, with 
campuses in Detroit, Vassar, and Buena Vista Township. Our kids and families come from 
each of Michigan’s 83 counties.

OUR HOUSE 
111 S. Wallace Blvd.
Ypsilanti, MI  48197
Phone: 734-547-5519
Email: admin@ourhousemi.org 
Website: https://www.ourhousemi.org/education
LAUNCH PAD:
Often foster alumni do not have the resources to find an apartment and sign a lease on their 
own. For some they may not have the financial resources to pay the security deposit, and for 
others they may not have a relative who is willing to co- sign a lease with them. And, still for 
others, they may lack the maturity or confidence to live on their own. The Launch Pad program 
is geared for these youth and young adults.
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HOUSING SCHOLARSHIPS:
This program is geared toward foster alumni who already have an apartment or college dorm 
yet are in need of assistance to mitigate the financial burden of independent living. Participants 
must have a current lease and be employed and/or in school. 
&
We're very excited to announce the expansion of our LAUNCH PAD program!
With support from our community and donors, we've secured a house where all LAUNCH PAD participants will have a home and community. Our on-site resident manager will manage the 
day-to-day operations of the home, guide residents in understanding and applying basic life 
management skills, and create a safe, nurturing and organized environment for all residents.

Guiding Harbor 
525 Huron River Dr.
PO Box 727
Belleville, MI 48112
Phone: 734-697-7242       734-634-3243  24 hour emergency 
Website: http://guidingharbor.org
Guiding Harbor’s Supervised Independent Living (SIL) Program is designed to assist young 
adults in developing independent living skills, enhancing educational/vocational and career 
choices while offering employment opportunities. The Supervised Independent Living Pro-
gram offers services to youth age 16 and older, who are physically and emotionally able to 
master the skills and experiences offered. The clients referred to this program must have a 
demonstrated history of functioning at a level appropriate for community-based living.

Family Youth Interventions
235 Cass Ave. 
Mt. Clemens, MI 48043
Phone: 586-477-1855
Website: http://www.familyyouth.com/wp/transitional-living-program
The Transitional Living Program (TLP) is funded through the Michigan Department of Human 
Services, Department of Health and Human Services and The Department of Housing and 
Urban Development (HUD), and assists older teens and young adults that are at risk of be-
coming homeless or are homeless. The program is fully licensed through the State of MI 
as a child care institution. Any one can refer a youth to this program. This residential pro-
gram houses a maximum of 6 homeless youth ages 16-20. Youth may stay up to 18 months. 
The youth are provided counseling and life skills to lead the youth from life on the streets 
to a life of self-sufficiency. The youth is required to find employment, continue their edu-
cation, and complete volunteer hours. The application and interview process can take up 
to two to three weeks.


HELPFUL WEBSITES:

ONE SIMPLE WISH   
1977 N. Olden Ave.  Suite #292
Trenton, NJ  08618
Phone: 609-883-8484
Email:  info@onesimplewish.org
Website: https://www.onesimplewish.org
Every voice heard. Every child loved. At One Simple Wish we believe that every child deserves 
love, hope and joy. Every year nearly 500,000 children are impacted by abuse, neglect & trauma 
and spend time in our nation’s foster care system. It can be lonely, confusing and a bit scary. 
Through our innovative wish-granting platform, you can send some love to a child who needs 
a chance to just be kids, but they can also make important connections, experience new things 
and find their passion!

IFoster.org Discount Program
Phone:  855-936-7837
iFoster.org 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 http://ifoster.org/AboutUs.aspxfor more information.

Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative
Phone: 410-547-6600
Website:  www.jimcaseyyouth.org
The mission of the Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative 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, hou-
sing, health, financial capability, and social capital. Our vision is for every young person leav-
ing foster to have the opportunities and support needed for a successful transition to adult-
hood.

National Foster Care Coalition (NFCC)
605 N. Carolina Ave. SE   Unit #2
Washington, DC  20003
Phone: 202-280-2039
Website: http://www.nationalfostercare.org

National Network 4 Youth (NN4Y)
741 8th St. SE
Washington, DC  20003
Phone: 202-783-7949
Email: member@nn4youth.org
Website:  http://www.nn4youth.org
The National Network for Youth (NN4Y) has been a public education and policy advocacy organiz-
ation 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.


SCHOLARSHIPS FOR FOSTER KIDS

Foster Care to Success 
21351 Gentry Dr.  Suite 130
Sterling, VA  20166
Phone: 571-203-0270
Email:  info@fc2success.org
Website: http://fc2success.org
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: www.michigan.gov/fyit

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 www.finaid.umich.edu  
Or call 734-763-4119

Michigan State University offers scholarships to former foster youths going into social work.  
Go to www.fnaid.msu.edu  Or call 517-353-5940.

Michigan Department of Human Services        
Website: www.michigan.gov/dhs
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 col-
lege expenses. 

Foster Youth & Higher Education Initiative 
John Seita Scholars Program 
Western Michigan University 
Phone: 269-387-8362
Email: fyit-info@wmich.edu
Website: www.wmich.edu/fyit/

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    877-660-6388 (METV) Toll-Free
&
Detroit, MI 
Phone:  877-433-6927
Website: https://mietv.samaritas.org
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. 


OTHER RESOURCES:

For the Seventh Generation
PO Box 1739
Taylor, MI  48180
Phone: 313-436-5069
Email:
Website: www.7thgen.detroitlawyer.org
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 & Kinship Parents
Phone:  989-733-4527
Website: www.mafak.msu.edu
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
Website: www.nfpaonline.org 
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 
Website: http://gu.org/OURWORK/Grandfamilies.aspx
Generations United's National Center on Grand families works to enact policies and promote 
programs to help grandfamilies address challenges.










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