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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)

A transitional housing program with the capacity to serve 16 homeless mothers ages 18—24 and their children in an apartment style setting. The comprehensive two-year 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

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