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Learn Foster Care Facts

• Here are some helpful questions and answers about foster care - Entering Foster Care
- Foster Parents
- Foster Care Plans
- School, Legal, Jobs
- And a lot more

• Your rights in Foster Care If you feel your rights are being violated, contact a caseworker, attorney, or foster parent immediately.

Contact your Caseworker at a local DHS County Office or use this on-line search to find a phone number and email address.


Questions about Independent Living?
MYOI - Michigan Youth Opportunities Initiative

• Key Components of MYOI

MYOI - Michigan Youth Opportunities Initiative

• Michigan Youth Opportunities Initiative (MYOI) (Formerly Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative)

• Independent Living Services

• Contact your Independent Living Services Coordinator

• Casey Life Skills Assessment Here you will find free and easy to use tools that help young people prepare for adulthood.

Programs for Michigan's Foster Youth and Alumni
ETV - Education and Training voucher

• Money for college or training programs


• Funds to help with living and working expenses

• Addressing the Educational Needs of Children in Foster Care in Michigan PDF icon


• Need a Mentor at College? Michigan State University offers mentoring and other services to foster care alumni.

• Mentor Michigan The Mentor Michigan Directory will help you find the mentoring programs in your area.

• Mentoring Stories Read about Eric and Alex from Sault Ste Marie, MI

Message Boards

• Want to talk with other youth in foster care? Join a message board!

Get Involved

• Six Michigan foster youth are named in FosterClub's Outstanding Young Leaders of 2009 These foster youth are high achievers!

• Tobias Rogan makes Michigan proud as a 2009 FosterClub All-Star The FosterClub All-Stars program teaches foster youth leadership skills that they use to help other youth in care. Read about Tobias Rogan, our Michigan representative for 2009 and the All-Stars program. We're proud of you Toby!

Voice - Discussing issues and concerns of Michigans foster youth

• Voice 1 - fifteen statements from the youth board PDF icon

• Voice 2 - our top ten priorities PDF icon

• Voice 3 - discussing Issues and concerns of michigan youth in foster care, 2010 PDF icon

• Voice 2 lists ten priorities for DHS in helping foster youths leaving care
Report cites progress on original recommendations

• The "Soaring Spirit" newsletter from Macomb County MYOI Youth Board PDF icon The "Soaring Spirit" newsletter from Macomb County MYOI Youth Board

• Youth Boards in Michigan They're popping up all over the country... sometimes they are called Youth Councils or Youth Advisory Boards, but they all have the same purpose: to provide a way for foster youth to get involved and make a difference. Join in!

• Finding Your Voice Kids Are Waiting My Story Project, an opportunity for youth who have experienced foster care to speak out and encourage Congress to make some important changes to the foster care system. Share your story!

Foster Club The national network for foster youth in fostercare. Each week, a new question is posted at FosterClub. It's your chance to speak out on issues effecting youth in foster care.

• Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative Check this site regularly for new and interesting stories about Michigan youth and activities, as well as youth around the country.

Foster Youth & Alum Quick Links
 •  In My own words ... Stories From Youth
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