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Family & Children Services - A Source of Hope
For every generation. there is something priceless... hope.

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Family & Children Services is a private, nonprofit, nonsectarian, human service organization begun in 1903. Its mission has remained constant “...To support, strengthen and preserve the safety, well being and dignity of children, individuals and families”.

The Agency receives funding through allocations from local United Ways, contracts with Community Mental Health programs and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, insurance reimbursements, fees for service based on a sliding scale and contributions. We are accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Services for Families and Children. The Agency is licensed by the State of Michigan as a Child Placing Agency, Child Caring Institution (Children’s Therapeutic Group Home), and Substance Abuse Program.

Rosemary Gardiner
Chief Executive Officer

  • Family & Children Services’ facilities are barrier-free.

1608 Lake Street, Kalamazoo, MI 49001
1302 W. Milham, Portage, MI 49024
778 W. Columbia Avenue, Battle Creek, MI 49015

A Source of Hope Programs and Services

Child Welfare Services

A mother and father with a son and daughter.
  • Foster Care
  • Adoption
  • Licensing
  • Foster Care Supportive Visitation
  • Families First
  • Families Together Building Solutions
  • Family Schools Advocate
  • Family Advocate
  • Supervised Parenting Time

Foster Care Services focus on providing safe homes for children who have been abused or neglected. Foster and adoptive parents are trained to care for children and youth who are healing from the devastation of childhood trauma. Birth parents are coached to enhance life and parenting skills in order to make their homes safe places where children can grow physically, emotionally and socially.

Child Welfare Services include parenting and life education services, supervised parenting visits and school-based initiatives. All programs are trauma focused and designed to prevent the need for more intensive services for children and adults.

More intensive family focused services are provided when a youth is struggling with mental health issues or a developmental disability whose severity places them at risk of not being able to function at home, school, or in the community.

Behavioral Health Services

The Counseling Center

A man with a child
  • Individual, relationship, family, and parent/child counseling
  • Trauma Assessment and Treatment for children
  • School-based Counseling
  • Parenting Classes
  • Substance Use Disorder Outpatient Services

Community-Based Mental Health

  • Case Management/Supports Coordination
  • Home-Based Family And Community Treatment (FACT)
  • Home-Based Parent Infant Program (PIP)
  • Integrated Co-occurring Treatment (FACT-ICT)
  • Link (Social Emotional Learning)
  • Respite for children with developmental disabilities

Crisis Intervention

  • Mobile Crisis Response (MCR)
  • Youth Crisis Residential
  • Youth Crisis Respite

Behavioral Health Services include office, school and home-based counseling provided by professional staff, experienced in a variety of therapies over a wide range of issues. The Counseling Center offers confidential family, individual, relationship, parent/ child counseling. Most insurances and managed care are accepted.  A sliding fee scale is available.

Home-based services include 24-hour, on-call response and intensive therapeutic intervention focusing on parent/professional teamwork, familycentered planning, client advocacy and coordination of community resources.

Parent/Infant services offer parents home-based support through family-centered, strength-based counseling, prenatal and early infancy support, and early childhood/parenting education including specific skills training. Services emphasize each family’s ability to develop positive parent/child relationships  which last a lifetime.

Link (Social Emotional Learning) services are offered to youth ages 6-17 who have a mental health diagnosis or a developmental disability.  The services focus on enhancing social, life and community integrations skills.

Respite (for children with an intellectual and/or developmental disability ages 5-17) is a program that offers overnight care of children for 2-3 days providing a break for families from care-giving responsibilities while providing an opportunity for the children to engage socially with other children.

Crisis Intervention Services are offered for youth ages 5-17.  Crisis Residential services are offered for youth with a primary mental health diagnosis experiencing acute psychiatric crisis.  Services are intended to provide a short-term (up to 14 nights) alternative to inpatient psychiatric services to avert an inpatient psychiatric admission or to shorten the length of an inpatient stay.

Youth Crisis Respite services provides a short-term placement for youth experiencing a mental health crisis. Services are typically 2-3 days to assist in stabilizing a current (not on-going) crisis situation.

Mobile Crisis Response (MCR) provides services to youth in crisis and their families in Kalamazoo County.  The MCR Program provides immediate response, 24 hours per day, seven days per week.

Programs are offered through a variety of contracts with Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, Community Mental Health programs, local United Ways, fees and private insurance reimbursement. 

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