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 FCNP.org or call the local UP Navigator at 906-458-2315 for more information.
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 www.michigan.gov/mibridges. MDHHS has 30 days to process a CDC application.
Search for a licensed child care provider at: www.greatstarttoquality.org.
Additional information about CDC found at www.michigan.gov/childcare.
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.
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
U.P. Foster Closet of Delta County
U.P. Foster Closet of Dickinson County
Goodwill Industries, St. Vincent DePaul, and Salvation Army will work with Foster families and may provide brochures for household needs.
Support Groups and PRIDE trainings for foster and adoptive families are listed by county on the Foster Care Navigator Website.
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”