Even though there are nearly 6,000 licensed foster homes in Michigan, there are about 13,000 children who need one.This shortage is especially severe in cities like Ann Arbor, where many of those children live. As a result, children and teenagers bounce between short-term homes and even shelters, making it impossible for them to settle down in a secure environment.
You can help these children get the care and attention they need by becoming a foster parent through Samaritas, the
largest private foster care organization in Michigan. Here’s how:
Foster Parent Orientation
The next step to becoming a foster parent in Ann Arbor is to go to a foster parent orientation hosted by Samaritas. This orientation will review the guidelines and expectations for foster parents and foster families.
Fill Out an Application
After the orientation, you’ll be able to fill out an official application to become a foster parent. Samaritas can guide you through this quick and easy form, though you will have to provide your fingerprints and the medical records of you and your family, and submit to a background check, as well.
The Home Evaluation
The local foster care agency will evaluate your home before you can help a foster child. This evaluation, however, is not as stringent as many people think it is. Agencies are not looking for a perfect place. The need for foster parents is too great. Instead, they’re looking to ensure your home is a safe and secure place for a young child to stay in for a long period of time.