Bethany Christian Services- Refugee Program

Contact Information

PO Box 294
Grand Rapids, MI 49501
United States

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DayHours
Monday 8:30 AM-5 PM
Tuesday 8:30 AM-5 PM
Wednesday 8:30 AM-5 PM
Thursday 8:30 AM-5 PM
Friday 8:30 AM-5 PM
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed
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Being a foster parent is so much more than loving a child in your home. It’s also showing kindness to a family when they need it most.
It’s giving a child a safe place to land during a hard, scary time when they’re away from home. And it’s showing compassion to a parent who is likely overwhelmed, scared, and without a lot of support.

It’s helping a child stay connected to the only home they’ve ever known, in whatever way it’s safe to do so, and cheering on a family that’s living out a comeback story.

At Bethany, our heart beats for family. We want to see families strong, supported, and together. But we know there are times when families face challenges—and children need care.
That’s why we’re seeking foster parents who believe in families too.


Services and information

  • Traditional Foster Care
  • Emergency Foster Care
  • Respite Foster Care
  • Adoption

Requirements to become a foster parent

Parents can access the Michigan Foster Care Portal (MFCP), which is a tool that helps expedite licensure. The portal can track progress and list the next steps a foster parent needs to take. The MFCP also contains FAQs and helpful guides for parents.

In addition to online tools, foster families also receive some financial support. How much they receive depends on the child's age and needs. Parents may also be entitled to additional reimbursement that covers care costs.

Plus, foster families can access many local and state-wide support organizations and advocacy groups. These groups provide resources, answer questions, and are happy to help form connections between foster parents.

Your foster care agency is always there if you have questions or concerns. Their goal is to ensure the child's well-being and assist parents through the fostering process and beyond.

Another path you might want to consider is co-parenting with the birth parents. The end goal in most foster cases is to reunite a child with their parents or primary caregiver. You'll work with the birth parents anyway to set up visitations, and co-parenting can make your job easier.

Working further with the birth parents can also make the entire fostering process less stressful for a child. They won't feel as if they have to "choose" between homes and families.


Ratings and Reviews

Average user rating

4.0 / 5
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Kari B
Jun 21, 2022

Some of the case workers are incompetent. Joke of an organization that doesn’t screen their employees before especially for mental health issues. These case workers are working with children and it’s a bit alarming that people with mental issues are assisting these kids when they need to seek help before helping others.

Rating: 1

Karolina Ramírez
Oct 06, 2019

I am working here ... Making the difference

Rating: 5

john scoggins
Oct 02, 2019

Great program with great people.

Rating: 5

Justine Kalezi
Jul 13, 2019

Very respectful and loving

Rating: 5

Al Gasake
May 15, 2019

Outstanding services, empowering immigrant and refugees to empower our community in turn.

Rating: 5