Child & Family Services of the Upper Peninsula, Inc.
Serving Children and Families in Michigan's Upper Peninsula Since 1919
|The need for foster parents is significant.
According to the Kids Count in Michigan Data Book
2017, child abuse or neglect cases in the Upper
Peninsula showed an alarming 45.6% increase from
2009 to 2015. Young foster children come from every
walk of life, in every age and race, from every county
in the U.P. and across the state and nation.
|706 Chippewa Square, Suite 200
Marquette, MI 49855
Phone: (906) 228-4050
Fax: (906) 228-2153
Child Welfare Supervisor - Marquette County
(906)228-4050 ext. 114 or
Foster Care Worker - Marquette County
(906)228-4050 ext. 104 or
|Satisfying. Humbling. Enjoyable. Fulfilling.
We've heard the rewards of being a foster parent described in countless ways.
|The rewards of being a foster parent are
many. You can make a difference in a child's life just
by being in it. Just by being you. When you make the
decision to open your heart and open your home to a
child in need, you're offering much-needed love,
guidance and support. At times it is a demanding job,
one that requires patience and persistence, but the
emotional and personal rewards that come with it are
unlike any other.
In Michigan, there are nearly 13,000 children in foster care and 300 children who still need an adoptive family. We
need your help to provide a safe, nurturing home for these children until they can be returned to their families.
When children cannot be returned to their homes, foster parents are often asked to provide permanent homes.
CALL CHILD AND FAMILY SERVICES.
Call our agency at 906-228-4050 ext. 121 to get started. Lynn Pittman, our licensing worker is an experienced staff
member who can answer all of your questions, help you decide if fostering children is right for you, and provide
guidance along your journey to becoming a foster parent if you chose to become one.
ATTEND AN ORIENTATION.
The comprehensive orientation will not only review guidelines, but help illustrate what you can expect as a foster
parent. Child and Family Services staff will be happy to answer all your questions during the orientation.
COMPLETE THE APPLICATION.
After orientation, Child and Family Services will provide you with a licensing application packet. In general, the
application steps are:
• Schedule fingerprinting with your licensing agency. Complete the Licensing Record Clearance Request
BCAL-1326 form and take it with you to get fingerprinted.
• Complete the foster home licensing application.
• Submit your application and fingerprinting clearance form to your licensing worker.
• Complete medical records for the entire family.
• Complete any other requested paperwork with your licensing worker.
PARTICIPATE IN A HOME EVALUATION.
Before welcoming a foster child into your home, you must pass an on-site home evaluation performed by the
licensing worker. Child and Family Services will meet with your family several times for on-site home visits and
interviews. After you attend orientation and submit your application, Child and Family Services will schedule your
first home visit.
ATTEND FREE TRAINING.
Child and Family Services will help you schedule PRIDE training. PRIDE, or Parent Resources for Information
Development and Education, offers valuable information to make sure you are ready to become a foster parent.
Every licensed foster parent needs to complete 12 hours of PRIDE training. Once you are licensed, you have 18
months to complete an additional 12 hours of PRIDE training.
CONTACT US TODAY TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN THE LIFE OF A CHILD BY
BECOMING A FOSTER PARENT!