Big Family of Michigan serves the needs of children in Michigan’s foster care system through the time they age out at 21. We continually seek opportunities to partner with community groups and businesses who support the common goal of helping us to help the children.
HOW WE MAKE A DIFFERENCE
Birthday in a Bag:
Party supplies, treats and party favors along with a gift for the birthday child are given to the social worker or foster parents to create a party for the foster child. Birthday Party Hosts: We supply the birthday kids for any individual who wishes to host a birthday party for foster children at a local community center, church, etc (cannot be hosted in a private home for security reasons).
This emergency package contains: age/gender appropriate toiletries, socks, underwear, and pajamas distributed through Child Protective Services (CPS)
Aging Out Program:
Aging out foster youth receive some of the important necessities they need to build an independent life, such as: bedding, linens, kitchen items, etc.
School Supplies Program:
Supplies are provided for foster children prior to the fall semester and made available during the year as requested for K through college.
Holiday Celebrations and Events:
Games and toys (new), hats/gloves/scarves, blankets, candy and much more are collected through donations/drives then distributed to foster children identified by agencies, churches and community groups. During the holiday season, our program also includes underserved, underprivileged children outside the foster system.
Recreational Activities: Partnerships with the Detroit Tigers, Detroit Pistons and the Detroit Lions enable Big Family to accompany foster youth to professional sporting events with Big Family treating the children to the refreshments.
$1,000 scholarships are awarded through applications for college bound foster youth. These are made possible through donations from individuals, businesses and partnering 501c3 organizations. Plans are to expand this program to include K-12 foster children to provide them the opportunity to experience extra-curricular classes that most foster families cannot afford.
Michigan Adoption Resource Exchange (MARE) enlists the support of Big Family of Michigan for their adoption festival each year. Big Family provides arts and crafts, stuffed animals, entertainment, candy and goodies bags for all the children as well as 100 volunteers to work the festival.