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A Handbook for Youth in Foster Care

The foster care system can be overwhelming to navigate. This handbook aims to help youth better understand the services that are available to them when in care in the State of Michigan. 

The Michigan Deparment of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) wants you know know what is happening, who the people are and what they are supposed to do (this includes caseworkers), what documents are availble and what there purposes are, and to help you get what you need while in foster care. 

Below are is the list of content that is in this guide: 

  • Key People Involved
  • How Did I Get Here?
  • What Is Foster Care?
  • Visits and Meetings
  • Service Plans and Stuff Like That
  • Court Hearings
  • Planning for the Future 
  • Rights and Responsibilities
  • Services and Resources
  • Important Papers and Documents
  • Online Resources

There is also a section in the handbook where you can keep contact information in a central location. To view, click on the link below. 


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Fostering Success Michigan is a statewide initiative that aims to increase access and success in higher education and post-college careers for youth with experience in foster care. Learn how you can contribute to building a holistic network that insulates (i.e., strengthens protective factors and reduces risks) the education to career "pipeline." 

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