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National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255

Crisis Text Line (Anxiety, Depression, School): 741741

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 experienced 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

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Aisling Solarek

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

James has served in church and non-profit ministry for over 20 years. He has his master’s degree in Bible and most recently served as Executive Pastor at Community Church in Edwardsburg, MI. James loves God and loves people. He enjoys order and helping everyone around him accomplish their tasks in a timely manner with clear communication. He 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, and 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

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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Amy Kniffin

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. 

Our Board of Directors

Owner and Coach -Ground Rules Coaching

Financial Advisor - Edward Jones

Secretary - Edwardsburg Public Schools Board; Former HR Director - Martin’s Supermarkets

Former Director - Edwardsburg Foster Closet; Former Social Worker

Owner and Counselor - Broken Chains International

Former Supervisor - Assisted Living

Interior Designer - TJ Lake Rentals

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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