The foster care program is designed to provide a nurturing home for children who are in the child welfare system due to abuse or neglect. The goal of foster care is to provide for the child’s permanency, safety and well-being as the team works towards reunifying the child with their birth family or an alternative permanency plan such as adoption, guardianship or another permanent living arrangement. Children remain in foster care for various lengths of time, from several months to over a year.
Children are referred to the foster care program at Pathways, MI by the Department of Health and Human Services. Although Pathways, MI primarily serves children and families in Ottawa and Muskegon counties, referrals are received from counties throughout Michigan.
Approximately 13,000 Michigan children are in foster care at any given time.* Pathways, MI seeks to license foster parents who are willing to work with children on both a short and long term basis. There is a significant need for foster homes that are able to take placement of sibling groups, children school age or older, especially teens, and children who display behavioral challenges.
4 EASY STEPS TO BECOME A FOSTER PARENT!
1- CONTACT US
Call one of our Foster Home Licensors to get started.
Toll Free- (800) 396-0241
They will be able to answer all of your questions and provide guidance along your journey to becoming a foster parent.
2- ATTEND AN ORIENTATION
Our licensors will schedule an orientation to fit your schedule! They will review the licensing guidelines and help you to better understand what it means to be a foster parent. They will answer any questions that you may have.
3- PARTICIPATE IN A HOME STUDY
After orientation, we will provide you with a licensing application packet to complete which includes: medical statements for your family, references, household budget and complete other requested paperwork with your licensor. You must pass an on-site home evaluation which is performed by the Foster Home Licensor from Pathways, MI. We will meet with your family several times for on-site home visits and interviews. The agency will also need to run a criminal background and central registry check.
4- ATTEND FOSTER PARENT TRAINING
We will help you schedule PRIDE training which offers valuable information to make sure you are ready to become a foster parent. Every licensed foster parent is required to complete 12 hours of PRIDE training prior to licensure. At least one foster parent in each home must complete basic first aid training.