The Second Sunday Special Collection on January 10, 2016 will be to benefit the Foster Care Program at Family & Children Services.  Family & Children Services is a private, nonprofit human services organization dedicated to its mission to “support, strengthen and preserve the safety, well-being and dignity of children, individuals and families”—important work it has performed in the community for more than 112 years.

In recent years, Family & Children Services has seen unprecedented growth because of state privatization of child welfare and increasing behavioral health care needs in Southwest Michigan.

Child Welfare services include foster care, foster/adoptive home licensing, pre-placement assessment, post-placement supervision, adoption services and adoptive home licensing. Foster care offers a safe, stable living environment for children when out-of-home placement becomes necessary following removal of a child due to abuse, neglect or family crisis. Foster families are licensed by Family & Children services and trained to nurture and promote the development of children. In 2014, 1,080 children received services in foster and adoption programs and behavioral health/trauma treatment. Parent coaching and support was provided to 720 birth, foster and adoptive families.

For more information on the programs of Family & Children Services or to see how you can help, please call 269-344-0202 or visit

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