L.E.A.P exists to provide academic enrichment opportunities to foster and adopted youth. Studies show that higher education is often a precondition for the economic independence and basic survival of former foster youth and adopted youth.

The L.E.A.P Summer Program seeks to positively impact participants by:

  • providing opportunities for young men to develop relationships with, and learn from, college mentors with strong records of personal and/or academic achievement;
  • nurturing the scholastic abilities of our participants by providing them with techniques that will make them better readers and thinkers in their traditional classroom settings;
  • challenging them to think critically about their own goals and the role that education plays in the achievement of those goals.

It is a four-day/three-overnight experience for male foster and adoptive youth. Boys are the target population for this program due to their over-representation in the child welfare system. The L.E.A.P Summer Program serves males who are entering grades 5-8 and/or who are between 10 and 14 years old. Students work to develop core academic skills like reading, writing and critical thinking, which can help them become better overall students.

Ready to make a difference, become a LEAP mentor,

(please fill out each of these documents)

Return them by Email, Mail, Drop them by the Adoption Option Inc. Office (address on application) to:

Sheila VanWert, Mentor Specialist

Adoption Option Inc.

PO Box 2225

Midland, MI 48641-2225

Or Send by E-Mail

LEAP is a fun and educational summer program students love to be apart of it! Parents love it to, it helps foster care youth. The youth are able to connect with a mentor and interact with other young men in a similar situation.

To get started, fill out these documents and return them to Adoption Option, Inc. and we will contact you to confirm the details.

2018 LEAP Youth Registration Form 

2018 LEAP Participant Medical Form

2018 LEAP Release Indemnification & Hold Harmless Agreement

2018 Release of Information

Return them by Mail or Email to:

Sheila VanWert, Youth Specialist

Adoption Option Inc.

PO Box 2225

Midland, MI 48641-2225

Or Send by E-Mail

Thank you to the 2017-2018 sponsors of the LEAP Program,

our program would not be possible without you.