Foster, Adoptive and Kinship Services Workgroup
Livingston County, MichiganHuman Services Collaborative BodyFoster, Adoptive and Kinship Services Workgroup

Foster, Adoptive and Kinship Services Workgroup

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Foster Care, Adoption and Kinship Care Services
The Livingston County Foster Care, Adoption and Kinship Services (FAKS) Workgroup is made up of foster parents and representatives from local organizations dedicated to offering safe and supported placements to children that are not living in their family home.  FAKS works with families in the county that open their homes to children from other families by being foster parents.  FAKS also assists families who are interested in adoption.
 
Workgroup Goal
To increase and retain licensed family foster homes by providing focused outreach recruitment strategies, timely and effective training, and creative, meaningful supports that will meet the diverse individual, developmental, emotional, and cultural needs of foster children and the foster parents caring for them.

 

Partnership

Success of the FAKS Workgroup depends on the on-going commitment of Livingston County Agencies, Organizations, Local Government and the parents and families themselves.  Each member demonstrates their commitment to the goals by signing a membership agreement on behalf of themselves and their organizations.

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Workgroup Objectives

1.      To increase the number of inquiries to 75.

2.      To increase the number of licensed family foster homes by 20 for 2014-15..

3.      To Maintain an adequate  number of licensed family foster homes that will accept teens and teens with challenging service
         types.
4.      To maintain a sufficient percentage of viable family foster homes to offset the turnover resulting from attrition and/or foster parent
         adoption, through retention and support activities.
5.      To provide mentoring support to all licensed foster homes.
6.      To increase attendance at foster and adoptive support groups and at sponsored  in-service trainings.
7.      To increase support to adoptive families through communication on training opportunities and resources available.
8.      Conduct fundraising opportunities to continue to support the events and additional needs of our parents.

 

FAKS Initiatives

  • On-going trainings for parents to support their roles as the foster/adoptive/kinship parent
  • On-going staff training to ensure the providers are up to date with current requirements and strategies to support their families.
  • Parent Appreciation Dinner
  • Summer Family Picnic and Fishing Event
  • Holiday Party for families

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If you are Interested in Becoming a Foster Parent, Please call 517-548-0233 for more information.
 
 
If you are interested in becoming involved in FAKS, Please contact  Anne Rennie at arennie@cmhliv.org

 

Please contact HSCB for a list of current members.