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Family Is Forever: 2017 Chris Ball Award

Written on January 4, 2018 at 4:29 pm, by

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…

A Miracle in the Making

Written on June 26, 2017 at 7:09 pm, by

Miracle Bridgeman’s motivation wears red high top sneakers and dozens of bright barrettes in her hair. Her tiny one-year-old daughter, Jordan, is all the motivation Miracle needs to complete the transformation of her life that began when she came to the St. Vincent Catholic Charities Children’s Home. “I don’t want her to go through the…

Fostering Teamwork

Written on April 11, 2017 at 12:59 pm, by

              Taking a group of foster children and teens into an environment they have never been before can be quite the challenge. “What we’ve been trying to do recently [are] things that will be thinking outside of the box.” said Josh Lown, volunteer, outreach and training coordinator at the…

Dear Foster Parents, We Admire You

Written on August 18, 2016 at 4:59 pm, by

Dear Foster Parents, We want to thank you for your undying resolve and commitment to our Foster Care program.  Each day we admire the sacrifices you make to help our children and teens.  It fills us with joy when you share your latest accomplishments, and we empathize with you on those days when your resolve…

Preparing Child Welfare Professionals

Written on June 20, 2016 at 1:07 pm, by

I have held numerous roles within the St. Vincent Catholic Charities Child Welfare program, where I have witnessed the field change drastically over the past few years. In such a fluid child welfare community, here are certain training practices that greatly aide future child welfare professionals, help agencies and can improve the overall child welfare field….

The Day He Called Me Mom

Written on April 19, 2016 at 5:56 pm, by

“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…

A Grandfather’s Story of Foster Care and Adoption

Written on December 3, 2015 at 4:10 pm, by

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,…

Teen Foster Families Needed

Written on October 12, 2015 at 8:26 pm, by

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…

A Call to Foster Care

Written on May 22, 2015 at 3:22 pm, by

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…

National Adoption Month!

Written on November 13, 2014 at 7:07 pm, by

NOVEMBER is National Adoption Month and at STVCC we are working hard to find forever families for the foster children we serve.  The numbers do not lie.  According to the Michigan Department of Human Services, there are more than 13,000 children living in the state’s foster care system and 3,ooo of them are available for…