In order for Orchards to provide a temporary and safe haven for children entering the foster care system, the staff in our Foster Home Licensing and Training/Recruitment departments continue to recruit, train and license new foster parents. Often the removal from a family is as traumatic for the child as the abuse and neglect they have endured in their biological homes.
The role of finding and assisting potential foster families through the state licensing requirements is a rigorous process. Potential foster parents can be single or married. They must be at least 18-years-old, have sufficient income and housing, along with other required documentation. Foster parents are required to be fingerprinted as part of the licensing process, and are subject to background checks, including Criminal, Central Registry and Sex Offender Registry checks to ensure that they have good moral character.
If you are interested in learning more about becoming a Foster or Adoptive Parent, you may attend an orientation held in our Southfield office at 24901 Northwestern Highway, Southfield, MI 48075. This orientation is free of charge.
Below is a list of our upcoming Adoptive and Foster Parent orientation training and support group sessions.
Please be advised that childcare is not provided. Children are not allowed to be left unattended in vehicles or public lobbies. Protective Services may be notified of unattended children.
To obtain further information, or to RSVP, please contact the Training Department at 248-258-1278 or 248-530-5370. If interested, you may submit an on-line inquiry using the link below.