Foster Care Program

Foster Care Program

GLRC’s MDHHS Regional Resource Team provides information about becoming a foster parent, supports current foster parents, and provides comprehensive training to those interested in becoming foster parents. For a list of available trainings across the Upper Peninsula please visit or call the local UP Navigator at 906-458-2315 for more information.

Adoption Inquiries
The MARE website provides biographies of the many children who are available for adoption in the state of Michigan. They can also assist in providing information about the adoption process.

Child care may be provided through the State of Michigan for foster care families for certain objectives including employment, education, medical appointments/needs, family preservation, court ordered activities, etc. The CDC payment amount may not be enough to cover all child care expenses for your chosen provider, and you may have to pay a portion out of pocket. Discuss with your foster care worker.

You may also apply online at MDHHS has 30 days to process a CDC application.

Search for a licensed child care provider at:

Additional information about CDC found at

Foster Care Recruitment and Retention Services in the U.P.

Great Lakes Recovery Center’s Regional Resource Team (RRT) and local MDHHS offices along with the Private Foster Care and Adoption Private Agencies in the U.P. organize and implement several recruitment and retention events throughout the U.P. Contact 906-869-5072 to find out who the local RRT member is and to be included on email lists offering event information.

Foster Closets of the U.P.

The foster closets of the U.P. will help all foster families with supplies, clothing, household needs, and other resources. Contact can be made by phone or through Facebook messenger. There is also a foster closet in Chippewa County, contact your licensing worker for more information.

U.P. Foster Closet of Marquette County
Phone: 760-373-0777

U.P. Foster Closet of Delta County
Phone: 906-398-9012

U.P. Foster Closet of Dickinson County
Phone: 906-396-2247

Household Resources

Goodwill Industries, St. Vincent DePaul, and Salvation Army will work with Foster families and may provide brochures for household needs.

How Can I Help?

If you are interested in providing respite care for foster families please complete the following form and send to

Support Groups and PRIDE Trainings

Support Groups and PRIDE trainings for foster and adoptive families are listed by county on the Foster Care Navigator Website.


Annie Casey Foundation: Policy information and highlights.

Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES) learn about how adverse childhood experiences can impact behavior, and find tools to help.

Foster Parent online training:


Michigan Youth Opportunities Initiative – Life Skills assistance for foster care teens
Local DHHS Contact: Ryan Edwards (906) 290-3551

EUP Foster Parent Support Group
Meets every 2nd Tuesday of the month
Central United Methodist Church
111 E. Spruce Street
Sault Ste. Marie, MI 49783
Contact: Lauri Bartunek (906) 290-3840

Bayliss Public Library – Often host family fun events free to the public! Check out the event calendar!
541 Library Drive
Sault Ste. Marie, MI 49783

Les Cheneaux Community Library
75 East Hodeck Street
Cedarville, MI 49719
Hosts a weekly “Preschool Pop In”


UP Foster Closet of Marquette County

Women, Infant, and Children (WIC)
All foster children ages birth to 5 years old automatically qualify.

A referral can be made or asked for at that first doctor appointment.

Early Head Start

Pathways – Community Mental Health