There are nearly 5,000 foster homes in the state of Michigan, but 11,000 children who need one. The shortage of foster families is especially dire in cities like Flint, where many of these children live.
If you want to help children in need, and want the fulfilling feeling of caring for others by giving them exactly what they most truly need, consider becoming a foster parent. Samaritas, the largest private foster care organization in Michigan, can help guide you
through the process and support you in the ways you need.
Here’s how you can become a foster parent in Flint:
Attend the Foster Parent Orientation
To become a foster parent in Flint, you’ll need to go to a foster parent orientation hosted by Samaritas. At this orientation, you’ll review the guidelines that apply to foster parents and families and learn what will be expected of you.
The Application Process
After the orientation, you’ll be able to officially apply to become a foster parent. Samaritas can help guide you through the application process, which requires you to provide your fingerprints and medical records of you and your family, as well as submit to a background check.
The Home Evaluation
After applying, the local foster care agency will conduct a home evaluation. A common misconception is that the agency is looking for a perfect home for foster children. In reality, though, they are more concerned that your home is a safe and secure for a child to live over the long term.