All children in foster care are impacted by trauma. Being separated from their birth families, and learning to live with a new family, is a traumatic experience in itself, not to mention the events that led up to them needing foster care. Trauma, especially in early childhood, can have immediate and long-term effects on a persons physical and mental health, a child's ability to perform in school, social interactions, and so much more. Parenting a child impacted by trauma is both challenging and rewarding, and traditional parenting techniques often do not work or make matters worse. We hope to collect a number of resources here for parents, foster parents, teachers, and anyone who wants to better understand and support kids affected by trauma.

Adoptive Family Support Network

AFSN provides support, education, information and referral to adoptive parents. AFSN supports all kinds of families and all types of adoptions through:

  • Statewide Parent to Parent Program
  • Adoption Support Groups
  • Adoptive Parent Seminars / Training / Workshops
  • Adoptive Family Fun Events

Fostering Forward

A coalition of Michigan foster families and families who have adopted out of foster care, working together to promote better service and better outcomes for the children in our care. Also has a "toolbox" of resources for foster/adoptive families, which you can find here:


Creating and Advocating for Trauma-sensitive Schools


Michigan Adoption Resource Exchange

MARE is a statewide information and referral service for families interested in adopting children from foster care, and for adoption workers looking for homes for these children. The MARE website provides a listing of waiting children in Michigan and of Michigan families interested in adopting children with special needs. 

The Michigan Adoption Resource Exchange is a program of Judson Center and is funded by The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. 

Michigan Alliance for Families

Advocacy, Education and resources for Special Education

Contact:  Kristen Columbus, (734) 662-1256 ext 203,

Keywords:  IEP, IFSP, Special Education, Disability, Accommodation, IDEA, Section 504, NCLB, ADA, MARSE, PLAAF, ADD, ADHD, Autism, ASD, Down Syndrome, FASD, Fetal Alcohol

Michigan Education Trust

College scholarship assistance to youth who have experienced foster care

Contact: Student Scholarships and Grants, 1-888-4-GRANTS (888-447-2687),
Keywords: scholarship, financial aid, college


IMPORTANT NOTE:  The "Fostering Futures Scholarship" (or FFS) is an MET program, and has no affiliation with "Fostering Futures," the foster care and adoption Agency.

Student Advocacy Center

Advocacy and support / Helping kids stay in school

Contact: Email or visit their website for address and phone number information for each office (Washtenaw, Jackson and Wayne counties).

Keywords: expulsion, expelled, discipline, truancy, public education, intervention, student rights, advocacy

Michigan Colleges and Universities

Several Michigan colleges and universities offer programs to provide extra support to students who have experienced foster care. Eligibility for each program may vary; services may include one-on-one coaching and/or connection with resources in areas such as:

Housing Assistance  •  Employment Assistance  •  Academic Advising & Monitoring  •  Guidance in navigating admissions, transitions, transfers, etc.  •  Budgeting/Financial management  • Counseling & Support  •  Career Planning  •  Accessing campus & community resources  •  Financial Aid  •  Connections to social and recreational activities  •  Mentoring  •  Life Skills Labs & Workshops

Eastern Michigan University  
MAGIC Program, Joi rencher,

University of Michigan
Blavins Scholars Program, Emily Hurtado-Arboleda

Washtenaw Community College
REACH Program, Kathy Stewart LMSW, (734) 973-3572

Wayne State University
Transition to Independence Program (TIP)
313-577-0433 (office), (email), (website)