Category: Adoption & Foster Care

Five Myths About Foster Parenting

Many people have misconceptions about how foster parenting works. Pam Allen, Foster Home Licensing Specialist, addresses these myths in the article below. MYTH #1: “I could never do that.” While fostering children is not for the faint of heart, it is not an impossible task and brings joy to families. Many families find, after their first…

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New Heights 2018 Spring Newsletter

Our newsletter has an updated, new look! Click here to read the Spring 2018 edition of New Heights. Enjoy!

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A Heartwarming Adoption Story: The Allwardt Family

“Sometimes the smallest step in the right direction ends up being the biggest step of your life. Tiptoe, if you must, but take the step.” For John and Erin Allwardt that first step involved St. Vincent Catholic Charities’ foster parent information orientation. After years of infertility and heartbreak, the Allwardts were contemplating foster care with…

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Join Us in Celebrating 70 Years of Service

This year is a special one as it marks 70 years since St. Vincent Catholic Charities opened its doors to serve the community’s most vulnerable. Opening in 1948, St. Vincent Catholic Charities was formally known as Catholic Social Services (CSS) and promoted the adoption of children. A couple years later, St. Vincent Home for Children…

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Family Is Forever: 2017 Chris Ball Award

A half-melted snowman greets visitors to the home of Kevin and Susan Mayes. Built by their 12 year-old son Ben and his 3 year-old brother Jase, it symbolizes the joy that a toddler experiences after the first large snowfall of the year, and the love of an older brother. While a snowman may only last…

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A Forever Family for Christmas

The Merriam-Webster definition of ‘adopt’ is “to take voluntarily (a child of other parents) as one’s own child,” but to Shamber Flore, “adoption is the rescuing of one’s life.” It is connecting a child with a forever family. Shamber, a vibrant young woman, was originally adopted through the help of St. Vincent Catholic Charities when…

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Children’s Home Goes Camping

In July children and staff from one of our Children’s Home units took the long trek to the Upper Peninsula for their annual summer camping trip. In the short amount of time the children enjoyed: Campfires, s’mores, and fun and relaxation at Tahquamenon Falls State Park Rivermouth Campgrounds The mysterious powers at the Mystery Spot Black…

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19 Community Events Raised Over $45,000 for St. Vincent Catholic Charities!

The feeling of being part of something bigger than yourself is one of the best feelings in the world. Every year, there are a multitude of events within the Greater Lansing area that give people the opportunity to experience that feeling. In 2016, people in the Lansing area community had some amazing opportunities to help…

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It All Started With A Wedding

Deacon Jim and Karen Kasprzak’s first involvement with St. Vincent Catholic Charities (STVCC) all started with a wedding. They have been part of the Marriage Ministry at St. Thomas Aquinas Parish in East Lansing, helping engaged couples with marriage preparation in the Catholic Church. However their ministry was expanded in 2009 when they were asked…

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It Feels Good to Give

Brig and Fran Sorber are St. Vincent Catholic Charities (STVCC) Guardian Society members, but their relationship with the agency encompasses much more than simply sharing their treasure. Each graciously give their time and talents as well. Fran has been an active volunteer for eight years, while Brig has lent his leadership and business acumen to campaigns…

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