Close up portrait of foster father smiling while holding his son who smiles brightly upwards to the camera

Samaritas provides in-home family preservation services to families in need of assistance through the Michigan Families First Program. Families First workers will assist families within their homes to meet specific goals to reduce risk to their children. The majority of referrals to the Families First program come from Child Protective Services (CPS). Families First referrals can also be received from specific domestic violence shelters and non-profit agencies dealing with post-adoption, family reunification and tribal populations.

Families First Programs Serve Calhoun, Kent, Barry, Ionia, Eaton and Wayne Counties

Families First of Michigan (FFM) works to preserve families who are at risk of having their children removed from the home and placed in foster care. Families first services focus on creating specific family preservation plans to increase child safety, make community connections, increase natural supports, and teach a variety of skills. Families First of Michigan is a voluntary program that provides intense services to quickly stabilize and preserve the family. Families First is a program that helps keep families together.

For 4 weeks, a trained Families First worker will meet with a family in their home, at a time that is convenient for them. The Families First worker will spend 10-15 hours a week with the family.
Together with the family, they will focus on effective risk reduction solutions, in order to address risks.

Families First Rights

Mother and father smile with their two young sons for a foster family portrait in dappled sunlight on a park bench in MichiganFamilies First of Michigan believes that parents and their children are entitled to rights that must be respected and expectations that should be met.

  • Each family has the right to be treated with respect and dignity.
  • Each family member will be asked what kind of help and services the family needs.
  • The Families First worker will work with the family on setting goals and accomplishing them.
  • Families First believes parents should be supported in their efforts to care for their children.
  • Families First will make every effort to help families care for their children in their home.

For Families First programs in Calhoun and Barry/Eaton/Ionia counties, please contact:
Jennifer Williams, Program Manager
(269) 903-7743
jwil2@samaritas.org

For Families First Kent county, please contact:
Aryn Manni, Program Manager
(269) 271-5970
amann@samaritas.org

For Families First Wayne county, please contact:
Annetra Bennett, Supervisor
(586) 382-4669
abenn@samaritas.org