2022 Foster Care Town Hall: Part II

What does kinship care mean?

During this discussion about Kinship Care, Samaritas leaders and Michigan's most compassionate foster care experts will discuss the process whereby relatives, or other adults, can step in to care for beloved foster kids.

Kinship care refers to the care of children by relatives or, in some jurisdictions, close family friends (often referred to as fictive kin). Relatives are the preferred resource for children who must be removed from their parents because it helps maintain their connections with their families, increases stability, and minimizes the trauma of family separation.

We'll also explore some of the reasons why relatives aren't considered viable foster parents, disparities among families of color, and what can be done to solve this issue.

This second 2022 Samaritas Foster Care Town Hall conversation includes the following experts:

*Trisha Sverns, Director, Samaritas Foster Care 
*Demetrius Starling, Executive Director, Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) Children’s Services Agency (CSA)
*Rachel Willis, Director, Bureau of Out of Home Services at Michigan Department of Health and Human Services
*Brenda Baker-Mbacke, CASA Director, CARE House of Oakland County
Audience Q&A will be available, so be prepared for questions. We'll see you there. Contact marketing@samaritas.org for more information. 



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* Important Notice *

Earlier this year, Samaritas was under investigation by the state for allegations of abuse in our emergency shelter in Grand Rapids. We opened this shelter 26 months earlier for children from Central America crossing the border fleeing from horrible condition; we were asked to take in Afghan youth when there was no other place for them to go after the crisis in Afghanistan occurred. We accepted 19 youth in response to this request and our long-term commitment to help youth to the greatest extent possible at the time of their greatest need. Samaritas was one of several similar emergency shelters across the country asked to take in these refugee youth.

Due to the severe level of trauma they had endured, many of them required intensive therapy and counseling. As a result of the growing concern we had for the depth and breadth of those needs of the youth and the safety of our team, we made the decision to work with our referring partners to move the youth to other programs where they could access the higher level of trauma-informed care, supervision, and medical attention that they required. Due to state and federal oversight of our programs, we are unable to share specific details of the investigation but we were cleared of any abuse allegations by the state and all youth were transferred to appropriate residential placements where they could receive the care they needed. Samaritas continues to be a state and federal leader in refugee resettlement, including refugee foster care.


Please Contact:
Joe DiBenedetto
Lambert & Co.
(516) 637-0597

Matt Friedman
Tanner Friedman Strategic Communications
(248) 762-1430