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Child Welfare Services Division

Foster Family Care Program

CSSWC foster families provide temporary homes for abused and/or neglected children. In safe and caring licensed homes, foster families provide warmth, love, attention and security. Foster parents are involved in ongoing training and numerous local social activities throughout the year. While children are being cared for by loving foster families, the biological parents are receiving various services including parenting classes, substance abuse and mental health treatment, housing, employment referrals, parenting time, and coping skills. The children receive services including education, counseling, medical and dental services, family visitation, self-care, and independent living skills.

Semi Independent Living Program

As an alternative to foster care, CSSWC offers adolescents a program that focuses on increasing the individual’s daily living skills, vocational skills, social skills, community integrations, and financial literacy skills. The program provides direct care in an assigned provider’s home. Referrals are received and the adolescent is evaluated for program eligibility. Upon acceptance s/he develops program goals. The program offers daily supervised and independent living, stable/positive support network, individual treatment planning, case management services, life skills groups, educational and tutoring services, community services, counseling and a monthly stipend.

Foster Home Licensing

If you are interested in being a champion for a child in need, become a licensed foster parent. Foster Parent Orientation and PRIDE Training are required to initiate the process and are offered monthly. Followed by home and family evaluations, which include background checks, home visits, and personal background information. It typically takes 3 to 6 months to complete the process. If you are interested in foster home licensing, Orientation is offered monthly on the second Wednesday, followed by PRIDE Training. Please call 313.883.7689 to register.

Teen Infant Parenting Services (TIPS)

Teen Infant Parenting Services (TIPS) is a transitional housing program with the capacity to serve 16 mothers and their children in an apartment style setting. The comprehensive program provides a variety of support services including parenting education, basic life skills, individual and group counseling, support for completion of high school and career training. Contact the TIPS Program at 313.873.0117

Teen Empowerment Program (TEPS)

Individual and group counseling, Job readiness workshops, Parenting workshops, Assistance completing high school, Life skills, Assistance accessing available resources.

Teen mothers and their children who participate in the TEP program are offered individual and group counseling as well as life skill training. To receive services the mothers may be clients of Detroit Rescue Mission Ministries, Alternatives for Girls, CSSWC's Teen Infant Parenting Services Program, or homeless within Detroit, Hamtramck or Highland Park.

TEP hosts an Annual Youth Job fair for ages 15-20, to assist youth with finding summer jobs. Employment skills assist the youth can build the characteristics needed to be successful citizens.

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