About Michiana Family Center

Our Mission

We collaborate with our community to provide wrap-around and uplifting support for children and families in Foster Care in Michiana.
Many children who have been in Foster Care struggle to live as independent adults. We collaborate with our community to provide services, so all children have the tools they need to succeed and add value to their communities.
We envision a Michiana community of empowered Foster Families.

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Our Team

Michiana Family Center staff is three families who love God and are committed to taking His love to the foster community.

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Aisling Solarek

Executive Director

Aisling (Ashling) Solarek was born and raised in Dublin Ireland. She traveled to America and received her bachelor's in education from Maranatha University in Wisconsin. This is where she met her husband James and decided to stay in America.She’s the mom to six children and a golden doodle named Curry. Aisling has been in the Foster/adoption community for the past ten years. She has adopted 4 of her children and has learned a lot about what is needed to love and support families, especially children from hard places. Aisling loves God and others and considers her life mission to make sure children know they are loved and safe.
She loves to travel to new places and wishes every day was summer. Aisling is a foster mom and understands that seven kids are probably her max! That is why she founded Michiana Family Center, to train and equip others to mentor and love the foster care community alongside her and her family.

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James Solarek

Co-Founder

James grew up in the church and has served in church ministry for most of his life. He has his master’s degree in Bible and had the privilege of serving as an Administrative Pastor in Michigan for many years. James is currently enjoying his new career as an Operations Manager and runs this business with a wise friend. James loves God and loves people. He enjoys order and helping everyone around him accomplish their tasks in a timely manner with clear communication. James brings his knowledge and experience to Michiana Family Center in a unique way with 10 years of experience as a foster/adoptive Dad. James is married to his beautiful Irish bride Aisling - together they have six children. James is a Disney fan and loves vacationing with his family and all things Ohio State. Go Buckeyes!

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Curtis Kniffin

Director of Operations

Curtis is an engineer with his Master's degree in Business Administration. He was previously employed as an engineering coordinator with a local manufacturer. He is now serving as the Director of Operations full time at MFC! He enjoys hunting, fishing, and woodworking. He is married to Amy and together they have the best fun with their twin boys, darling daughter, and a beautiful boy brought to them through adoption. Curtis has a heart that seeks to make a difference and is a vital part of the MFC team.

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Matt Becker

Director of Programs

Matt is was formerly with Saint Mary's College as a Physics Professor and is with MFC full-time as of June of 2021. He has a love for guiding youth towards success. He has spent the last 10 years teaching and mentoring college-aged students towards a better understanding in challenging science concepts and is now eager to use those skills in helping our youth also work towards success and build confidence in themselves through connection and relationship.Matt loves music and enjoys playing a variety of instruments in his free time. Matt and his wife Annie have four children. Matt enjoys playing in the Band at GCC (Granger Community Church) on the weekends and spending time with his family.  

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Amy Kniffin

Director of Care Teams

Amy is a homeschooling mother of 4 children, online tutor, and the director of a Classical Conversations campus in Mishawaka. Her hobbies include raising chickens, gardening, traveling with family, and reading great literature. 

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Annie Becker

Programs Assistant

Annie is married to her best friend, Matt of 16 years. Together they have four delightful kids and two sweet pups named Sammie and Dollie. Annie loves to learn and challenge others to live authentically and fully alive. She has a heart for Christ and desires to bring His Kingdom to Earth. Annie has a degree in psychology and creative writing. Her job at MFC involves making connections between mentors and mentees, writing newsletters and updates, and supporting in whatever way is needed. 

History of Michiana Family Center

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2015 - 2019

Functioned primarily through Community Church of Edwardsburg.Edwardsburg Community Clothes Closet • Cass County DHHS Christmas Party • Respite Care • Foster Parent Support & Training Groups

2019

We officially became Michiana Family Center and were established as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

2020

Deepened partnerships with local agencies to expand services to provide essential items to foster families and education to foster children.

2021

Launched Michiana Mentors, Michiana Care Teams, and Foster Parent Support Groups.

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