Lunch & Learn: A Home Away From Home | Wednesday May 23 | 12 - 1PM
5/17/2018 1:16:00 PM
Anishnaabeg Child and
Ever considered being a foster parent but the fears, the logical concerns, the what ifs deter you from moving forward, then please join ACFS Wednesday May 23, 2018 at the Tribal Gym at Noon for a lunch and learn session. At this event ACFS will provide an overview of the process in becoming a licensed foster home through our agency, the different types of licensed homes, what to expect, and those questions or concerns that you may have will be discussed.
ANISHNAABEG CHILD AND FAMILY SERVICES
National Foster Care Month
“Every child deserves a champion – an adult who will never give up on them, who understands the power of connection and insists that they become the best they can possibly be.” – Rita F. Pierson
May is National Foster Care Month. It is a time to acknowledge the foster parents, family members, volunteers, child welfare professionals, and other members of the community who help the children and youth in foster care find placement in foster homes. It is also a time to focus on ways to create a bright future for the children and youth in foster care.
The goal of foster care is to provide a child with a home and a family to care for him or her until he or she is able to be reunified with their parents or adopted. Foster care is intended to be for a temporary period of time; however, there are children that “age out” of the system.
ACFS supports kinship care by first looking to relatives for placement for children displaced into foster care homes. Kinship care reduces the trauma that a child may experience from removal than when placed with strangers. Kinship care allows foster children to maintain connections within their family and in the community. However, due to required standards of safety set by law and regulations some families may not be a placement option for a child. This is when other tribal foster homes are needed.
There is a continued need for additional foster homes in tribal communities, especially for sibling groups. Many youth enter foster care due to neglect and parents’ substance abuse. Being a foster parent is challenging yet rewarding and can lead to life enhancing changes for a child. Becoming a foster parent requires flexibility, commitment, and willingness to work with many people in meeting the needs of a child. Not every child will be happy and well-adjusted in their new foster home. It takes time to establish a relationship with a child and for the child to adjust to their new situation. This is when foster parents, family members, and case workers will need to collaborate the most for the benefit of a child.
Every child deserves a loving, supportive, and safe family to live with while they are in foster care. They also deserve to stay within their tribal communities to maintain their connections to extended family members and their culture & language.
Please help us in recruiting foster homes within the tribe and also in recruiting other native community members. Interested individuals and families can contact ACFS at (989) 775-4901.