Category: Adoption & Foster Care

The Day He Called Me Mom

“I was standing at the kitchen sink when the younger one of my middles got my attention (we called them that because I have one son from my first marriage that we called the older, two children in the middle, and their baby brother we call the youngest … all three adopted). He pulled on…

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Meet Our New Associate Director of Community Relations & Marketing

This past May we were happy to introduce a new member to our organization, John Karasinski, the new Associate Director of Community Relations & Marketing. Karasinski assists and supports the agency in the strategic positioning of STVCC in the local market. In this capacity, he is responsible for the planning, development, implementation and management of marketing,…

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A Grandfather’s Story of Foster Care and Adoption

By Jim Kurt (St. Vincent Catholic Charities Board Member and Volunteer) This is my grandfather’s story of foster care and adoption. Being a grandparent is one of the most amazing experiences one could imagine. When our children announced the pregnancy of each of our 12 grandchildren, my wife and I were so excited. When my daughter,…

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Teen Foster Families Needed

The need foster families in the state of Michigan has never been greater. When most citizens think of adoption, babies and young children are the first that come to mind. However, only approximately 3% of children waiting to be matched with an adoptive family are under the age of 5, with the vast majority being…

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New Faces for Operation Backpack 2015

We’re very excited for the launch of Operation Backpack 2015, beginning our twelfth year providing backpacks to children and the less fortunate in the greater Lansing area.  The amount of support from the community has been tremendous, and we’re eternally grateful for all the backpacks and school supplies we have received over the years.  Each…

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Message from the CEO: Our Work on Behalf of Children

Dear Friends, Not one of us would dispute the fact that our children, the ones that are in our lives naturally through God’s blessing, or those that enter our lives here at St. Vincent Catholic Charities, are a most precious gift that needs to be held close and safe. We do our best to help…

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A Call to Foster Care

A Call to Foster Care Nikki and her husband believe deeply that they have received God’s call, which would be achieved through foster care. Inspired first on a mission trip in 2005 to Jamaica, they saw so many children needing care. They considered adopting, but felt their financial circumstances were not the best for an…

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Foster Care Parent Nikki’s Original Blog

My Journey as a Foster mom: Immeasurable Love Found In Unexpected Places By Nikki (a foster parent licensed by St. Vincent Catholic Charities) God first stirred a passion in me that I had not felt before on a mission trip to St. Ann’s Bay Jamaica in 2005. I stood in the school yard with dozens…

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Dave Drayton – Board Volunteer – Big Heart

Dave Drayton is a big man with an even bigger heart.  In 2013 we profiled the volunteer work that Dave was doing at the Children’s Home which was part of his mission journey to complete his process to become a Deacon in the Catholic Diocese of Lansing.  Recently Dave Drayton expanded his volunteerism at St….

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