2022 Foster Care Town Hall Takeaways

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Samaritas leaders and the state’s foster care leaders participated in a frank discussion about what’s causing so many kids of color to go into the foster care system. Director Demetrius Starling, of the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services' (MDHHS) Children’s Services Agency (CSA) highlighted key findings from Michigan's Child Welfare Improvement Task Force Report. It revealed that children of color enter foster care at higher rates and stay in care longer than their white peers.  Download the full report and visit michigancwtf.org to learn more.

Emmy-Award-winning media personality, Christy McDonald moderated the 2022 Samaritas Foster Care Town Hall conversation with 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)
  • Kim Reese, director of the Michigan Race Equity Diversity Inclusion (REDI) office
  • Brenda Baker-Mbacke, CASA Director, CARE House of Oakland County
     

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Samaritas is one of the best agencies to work with if you’re thinking about being a foster parent.

We help you at every step of the process until the foster child is ready to be reunited with their birth parents. Our licensing process is worth it - to make sure that good people are taking good care of our foster kids. Visit samaritas.co/FosterCareOrientation to sign up.

 









Samaritas is one of the best agencies to work with if you're thinking about being a foster parent. We'll help you at every step of the process until the foster child is ready to be reunited with their birth parents after their family's conflicts are resolved. New foster parents, especially those of diverse ethnic backgrounds, are desperately needed. In 2021, Samaritas could only place 13% of the children referred to us by the State of Michigan.

Throughout May, Foster Care Awareness Month, Samaritas leaders and advocates will "Paint the Town Purple" in communities like Detroit and Grand Rapids to talk about the joy of fostering children who need respite from troubled homes. Like this TikTok video and other posts with #SayYestoFosterCare.

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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.

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