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 2009, child abuse or
neglect cases in the Upper Peninsula showed an alarming
93% increase from 2000 to 2007. 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
Foster Care
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FOR MORE INFORMATION, please contact:

Sara Miller, Child Welfare Supervisor - Marquette County, at (906)228-4050 ext. 114 or
Elizabeth Wayne, Foster Care Worker - Marquette County, at (906)228-4050 ext. 104 or
Courtney Potter, Foster Care Worker - Marquette County, at (906)869-0582 or
Lynn Pittman, Licensing Worker, at (906) 228-4050 x 121 or
Daphine Ring, Foster Care and Licensing Worker, at (906)630-2093 or
Satisfying. Humbling. Enjoyable. Fulfilling. We've heard the
rewards of being a foster parent described in countless ways.
decision to become a foster parent is one
that accompanies many questions. We're
here to answer any questions you may have.
answers some common questions about
foster care and the foster parent's role.
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.
Whatever good we give out completes
the circle and comes back to us."
--Flora Edwards
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.