Category: Adoption & Foster Care

When A Village Loves A Child

It is impossible for a village to raise a child when no one steps up to make a difference. Written by: Jennifer Harrison When a child lives in unwanted turmoil they do become a product of a problem in society, They are invisible or they act out to be seen and heard …not to cause…

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Give Hope This Christmas

“If you have love to give, give it!” To Kristina Sheerin, those are more than eight powerful words … They were her call to action when Elijah, a curly-haired, rambunctious little boy with a beautiful smile, entered her family’s life. The Sheerins felt called to provide foster care for this bundle of boundless energy, the…

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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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