mom in snowWith close to 13,000 children in the foster care system in Michigan and 300 children in need of an adoptive family, it is more important than ever that more individuals look into becoming a foster parent in Lansing. Children need someone who can show them love and provide them with a safe and nurturing home until such time as they are able to return to their families. In some cases, children need permanent homes because they cannot be returned to their original home. The process of becoming a foster parent in Lansing might be lengthy, but it will be well worth it in the end when you see the smile on the child’s face.

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Speak to an agency

Who can help answer your questions and walk you through the process. That’s where we come into play. We are here to provide you with the answers you need to help you understand more about the process and what to expect.

Attend orientation

The orientation will go over the guidelines required to become a foster parent in Michigan and let you know what to expect when you become one.

Complete the application

Once you go through the orientation process, you will need to fill out the application packet. It consists of such things as getting fingerprinted, completing the application, submitting the application and fingerprint clearances to the worker, obtaining medical records for your family and completing additional paperwork for the worker.

Undergo a home evaluation

The agent will need to go through your home and make sure it passes inspection before the child will be allowed to come home with you. Expect to undergo multiple interviews and on-site visits. Once you make it through the orientation and application process, the worker will schedule the visit.

When all is said and done, you can be on your way to bringing home the child or children who are waiting for someone to provide them with a safe, loving and nurturing environment where they can continue to grow and thrive as individuals.

The Foster Care Navigator Program

The Foster Care Navigator Program (FCNP) exists to provide initial support to potential foster parents, answer their questions, clear up misconceptions in the process, and guide people through the application process.