family is everything

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.

Learn About Foster Care

Through Samaritas Child and Family Services Division, we seek to build Community through three vibrant centers: Home and Community Campus Westland, House of Detroit and Community Center Saginaw.

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Through Samaritas’s Family Preservation programs, we seek to guide parents toward creating a satisfying, nurturing home life for the entire family, to keep children in their natural setting with their biological parents.

Learn About Famliy Preservation

Some 2,500 children in Michigan yearn for their “forever family” right now, and through Samaritas' Adoption program – Lutheran Adoption Services - you can help a child find a “life-long loving family.”

Learn About Adoption

building a healthy home

We all need a solid home base to help us grow to our full potential. If it takes a village to raise a child, it may also require a community to form a healthy family.

At Samaritas, we seek to empower families toward strength and wholeness. Our programs guide families along the path of staying intact, and when that is not possible, we help children find safe, nurturing alternative settings where they can flourish and thrive.


Lifelong Learning
By Deedre Vriesman We often look to older adults for what they can teach us. We can learn a lot from the rich experiences in their lives. While we often focus on what our elders can teach us, it’s important to remember that older adults still have a desire to learn new things long into... Read More
Earth to Earth, Ashes to Ashes, Dust to Dust.
Written by Cadillac Reverend Richard A Anderson I’m certain that the above words are familiar to most of you. These words are read at a Christian Committal Rite prior to the body, or ashes, being placed in the ground. Similar words are said on Ash Wednesday (the... Read More
Stinkin' Thinkin'
Written by Saginaw Chaplain Susan Hand “Do not be conformed to this world…but be transformed by the renewal of your mind.” Romans 12:2 Keeping our mind active is important for our overall health. But the way we think actually determines how we live and who... Read More
Keep Your Mind Sharp by Eating Smart Foods
Written by Bloomfield Hills Certified Exercise Therapist Jim Berk As we age, our body ages too. We have to find ways to sharpen our focus, memory, attention span and brain function. You can accomplish that by adding smart foods and drinks into your diet. First of all,... Read More
Love Your Enemies
Written by Traverse City Chaplain, Peggy Burns A few weeks ago, the gospel reading from chapel was Matthew 5:38-48. It is the reading where we are told to love our enemies. In today’s world, it can be difficult to love our enemies. We encounter people with different... Read More