Foster Care

There are approximately 13,000 children in foster care in the State of Michigan.

In The State of Michigan
There are approximately 13,000 children in foster care in the State of Michigan. These children have been removed from their home due to unforeseen trauma, abuse or neglect. A child’s journey through foster care can be frightening, challenging, and traumatic when first removed from their birth family.

The Goal of Foster Care
Is to provide supportive services to birth parents, to help children deal with and gain a better understanding of their emotional and behavioral needs, and assist families in becoming reunited, while ensuring the safety and well-being of their children. Foster families help provide these children with stability, consistency and support as they grow and develop while in their care.

Foster Home Licensing:
Foster home licensing is a process of evaluating a family and their home to determine if it follows state guidelines for foster care. This process is a very comprehensive one that typically takes three to six months. Some circumstances may cause the process to be shorter or longer. The steps involved in becoming a licensed foster parent may sometimes be challenging, but it is a necessary one to provide for the safety of the child. Once you complete the process, we hope you will find your experience in helping a foster child to be rewarding and satisfying.

Becoming a Licensed Foster Parent
Becoming a licensed foster parent is an opportunity to open up your hearts and your home to welcome a foster child who is in need of love and support. These foster children have been removed from their homes due to unforeseen trauma, abuse or neglect. They are in need of a family who will support them in overcoming their fears, dealing with crisis, and providing them with unwavering love during this journey through foster care.

Foster Care:
When a foster care child is referred to our agency, we assign a foster care caseworker to work with the child and their foster family to ensure the child’s needs (safety, health, education, and progress towards permanency) are better met. Community referrals for the child are provided as needed.

Helpful Resources

Find answers to common adoption questions. Contact us directly for more information. (989) 839-0534

  • Older children (not infants; typically between the ages of 7 to 17)
  • Children who are part of a sibling group
  • Children of all races (however, a larger percentage are of minority heritage)
  • Children who have physical, mental, or emotional disabilities

We are looking for committed individuals and families willing to work tirelessly to have a positive impact on the life of a child. If that is you, contact us about becoming a foster and/or adoptive family at

(989) 839-0534

Contact Adoption Option, Inc.

Contact AOICWO to discuss your interest in adoption. Work with a knowledgeable staff member to get the answers and information you need.

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