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LAS is Now Legacy Adoption Services
Lutheran Adoption Service Celebrates its 45th Anniversary as Legacy Adoption Services The timely rebranding campaign launches in time for November's Adoption Awareness Month TROY, Mich. – The former Lutheran Adoption Service (LAS) agency is celebrating its 45th Anniversary... Read More
Bringing together generations while getting an education
Wood TV8
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD)-Samaritas has been working with Grand Valley State University to welcome a new innovative program that is bringing generations together. It is being called the intergeneration experience which is open to students at Grand Valley State University who are studying... Read More
1 year after evacuation, Afghan refugees find home in Michigan
Detroit Free Press
DETROIT FREE PRESS - Shirzad is one of an estimated 76,000 Afghan refugees evacuated by the U.S. following the Taliban takeover last August. For those who were able to evacuate, the past year has been a whirlwind of temporary housing until they found a permanent home in the states. Shirzad, 28,... Read More
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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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