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May is National Foster Care Awareness Month

May 8, 2014 @ 10:00 am

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The Children’s Center to Lead Blue Ribbon Campaign in Midtown on May 8th

More Foster Parents Needed

Imagine experiencing trauma, abuse or loss. Now imagine being a child in those circumstances, alone in the world, without a home or family to turn to.

There is no substitute for a loving and caring home, especially in times of need, but this is the reality for thousands of children in crisis across metro Detroit. Fortunately, making the ultimate difference in the lives of these youth, are foster parents. They are a special breed of compassionate and concerned individuals who provide urgent and sustaining shelter for children at risk.

To draw attention to issues surrounding foster care in metro Detroit, as well as to celebrate the families who take on this awesome responsibility, The Children’s Center (TCC) will observe National Foster Care Awareness Month in May.

You’re Invited to Tie Blue Ribbons in Midtown on May 8th

TCC will kick off the campaign on Thursday, May 8th at 10 a.m.  on the corner of Woodward Avenue and West Alexandrine Street (on block from TCC’s Midtown campus headquarters, in front of Great Lakes Coffee) with hundreds of volunteers who will drape Midtown in blue ribbons, the official symbol of Foster Care Awareness Month. Lampposts, storefronts, trees and volunteers will proudly display blue trimming up and down Woodward, stretching from Ferry Street through Grand Circus Park. The general public is also encouraged to join in this community-wide demonstration of support for foster care.

Foster parents literally change a child’s life. Unfortunately, there are more children in need of foster care than there are available homes. At The Children’s Center, we are working to change that through many strategies, but including making the licensing process easier to understand and more user-friendly. We have a terrific staff of experts who can help interested parties learn more about becoming foster care givers.

– Debora Matthews, President and CEO of The Children’s Center

In Michigan, more than 14,000 children are placed in foster care annually. The Children’s Center provides foster care services for approximately 200 children on any given day. Additionally, TCC offers an array of programs to help stabilize families and return children to their homes. They are the only agency in Michigan whose child welfare staff is fully trained in Traumatic Stress. They also provide Adoption and Respite Care programs, as well as Independent Living for teens who have aged out of the foster care system. TCC is also unique for offering one-stop-shopping mental, physical, behavioral and developmental services at a single location on their Midtown campus.

Founded almost 85 years ago, TCC provides an integrated care approach to treating the behavioral health, physical health and educational needs of each individual child. Services include psychiatric/psychological counseling, developmental disabilities programs, early childhood education and afterschool programs, foster care and adoption services, infant mental health, family counseling, and crisis care services.

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If you’re on Twitter, please follow and use the hashtag #BeAFosterParent in your tweets to help us promote foster care awareness.

Don’t forget to share this page with your family and friends! For more information about Foster Care services through The Children’s Center, please contact Shereen Allen-Youngblood at syoungblood@thechildrenscenter.com or (313) 262-1119.



May 8, 2014
10:00 am


Great Lakes Coffee, 3965 Woodward Ave., Detroit
3965 Woodward Ave.
Detroit, MI 48201 United States