DA Blodgett For Children- St. John's

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805 Leonard Avenue NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
United States

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Monday9AM - 5PM
Tuesday9AM - 5PM
Wednesday9AM - 5PM
Thursday9AM - 5PM
Friday9AM - 5PM
Saturday9AM - 5PM
Sunday9AM - 5PM

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Values are our core beliefs, the heart of our culture, and what will drive DABSJ to support kids and families with our full potential. Our stated vision is the guiding image of our success – part emotional, intending to inspire, and part rational, presenting a view of the future that everyone can believe in. We look forward to this new direction and the positive impact it will have.

To help children and empower families by providing safety, advocacy, and support.

A safe, nurturing home for every child, and a supportive community for every family.


  • Exceptional Service: Client-focused and teaming at the center of our work.
  • Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion: All are welcomed, valued, and belong.
  • Excellence: Ongoing commitment to learning and improvement.
  • Integrity: Responsibility and ownership of our actions and results.
  • Creativity: Imagination, innovation, and intelligent risk taking.
  • Passion: Relentless positive energy toward our mission and vision.

Services and information

  • Traditional Foster Care
  • Specialized / Therapeutic 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.

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