Welcome!

Hello, young people! Below are some great contacts to help answer questions and resolve issues:

FosterClub has a dedicated team of folks to help you find what you need in Michigan. Call them at  503-717-1552 or email them here. They can help you find resources to help you transition to adulthood and connect you to leadership opportunities. 

For problems or complaints, contact Michigan's Ombudsman,  at 1-517-373-3077.

Healthcare for Former Foster Youth (FFY).

Did you know that former foster youth have access to free Medicaid after they turn 18 until their 26th birthday? Qualification for FFY to access Medicaid is not dependant on employment or education status. Check out #Healthcare FFY for more information about this program!


If you aged out of foster care in Michigan, you should have been automatically enrolled in Medicaid til 26 and should not need to apply. Ask your caseworker to make sure that this process was completed! 
If you for some reason were not automatically enrolled in coverage, you can apply for Medicaid til 26 benefits by visiting the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. Make sure to check “yes” when asked if you are a former foster youth in order to qualify for Medicaid til 26 benefits! 

If you need assistance filling out the application, you can call 1-800-975-7630. Make sure to tell them that you are a former foster youth applying for Medicaid benefits until age 26 under the Former Foster Youth provision of the Affordable Care Act!

Healthcare for Former Foster Youth (FFY).

Did you know that former foster youth have access to free Medicaid after they turn 18 until their 26th birthday? Qualification for FFY to access Medicaid is not dependant on employment or education status. Check out the #Healthcare FFY for more information about this program!

BLOGS


Change Is On Its Way In Michigan

By coxange1 — Oct 28, 2015

After interning for FosterClub this summer, I made a promise to myself that I would continue my advocacy work with foster youth once I returned to Michigan. When I got back I spent two rigorous weeks lobbying on behalf of a Foster Children’s Bill of... Read more

Thank You for Making My Life Better

By brownm — Jun 10, 2010

i am feeling home sick today and miss my biological older sister and older brother a lot. i miss my parents who saved my life. i am greatful for all that they do for me and i want to thank them for taking me in to thier home and lives. They gave me... Read more

Being Happy—in Spite of Rejection by My Birth Family for Being Gay

By FC Steve — Jan 10, 2009

The following story was featured in the Fall 2009 Issue of The Connection Magazine, from CASA Download Original Story From my birth, being gay has been against my family’s way of life. Because of my family and their religious views, my... Read more

Guardianships help children leave foster care

By FC Steve — Dec 4, 2008

I would like to read you two definitions of one word. The first is: to make strenuous or violent efforts in the face of difficulties or opposition, the next is: to proceed with difficulty or with great effort. My friends, this is the definition of... Read more

Foster Youth Who "Age Out" are Forced to Become Adults Before They are Ready

By FC Steve — Dec 2, 2008

Each year, more than 650 Michigan youth “age out” of foster care, leaving the system with no permanent family or place to call home. When I aged out, I was in the middle of my senior year of high school. I had no safe place to live, no job, no... Read more

RESOURCES

Michigan: ETV (Education & Training Voucher)

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The Education and Training Voucher (ETV) is an annual federal grant provided to states to fund youth who have aged out of the foster care system and who are enrolled in college, university, and vocational training programs. Students may receive up to $5,000 a year... Read more


Michigan: Housing Resources

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The website above is pdf. list of housing support providers across Michigan. Please do not be discouraged by the title of the document. You will need to call to see which provider can support your individual need.Read more


Getting to Know... Michigan

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Fostering Success Michigan is a statewide initiative that aims to increase access to and success in higher-education and post-college careers for young adults with experience in the foster care system. Their "Getting to Know..." series features in-depth guides to help students with experience in the... Read more


Michigan: The New Foster Care

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This is a faith-based organization that hosts resources across the state of Michigan. The New Foster Care works with many different organizations. Not all organizations are faith-based that work with TNFC. "The New Foster Care (TNFC) offers an array of resources across Michigan. TNFC exists... Read more


Michigan: Foster Youth Bill of Rights

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Foster Youth Bill of Rights is designed to inform foster children of their rights and protections within the child welfare system. Do you have concerns about your rights? Contact your state foster care ombudsman at childombud@michigan.gov.Read more