Need Help?

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255suicidepreventionlifeline.org/chat/

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

Need Help?

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255suicidepreventionlifeline.org/chat/

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

Programs at MFC

The Michiana Family Center mission is to collaborate with our community to provide wrap-around and uplifting support for children and families experiencing Foster Care in Michiana.

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    Michiana Care Teams

    This program surrounds a family with a group of people who provide monthly encouragement to that family.

    What is a care team?
    A care team is a group of volunteers who come together once a month to bless a family in our community. The care that the team provides could come in any number of forms! It could be a meal, or babysitting, or gifts, or anything else that would encourage that family.
    Why Care Teams?
    ● Children in Foster Care experience high levels of instability, many of them moving homes frequently. One major factor leading to this high rate of turnover is Foster parents feeling overwhelmed and unsupported.● Michiana Care Teams work to reduce these problems by matching foster families to a team of volunteers. These loving community members wrap-around the whole family unit providing hope, stability, support, and connections.
    Care Team Basics
    ● This program requires a 1-year commitment.● Support can look like monthly deliveries, activities, and/or communication. ● Estimated monthly financial commitment for a care team is around $25-30 per family member served. (Example: family of 4 being served would be around $100/month)● The Care Team leader initiates monthly contact and develops a schedule that works for the Care Team members and the family.● Monthly Care package drop off or activities can be held anywhere (restaurant, park, ice cream shop, your home, etc.), but will normally be at the family's home.● The role of the Care Team is to show the children and caregivers that they are important, seen, and loved, as well as provide support emotionally and financially.
    Time or Things?Many families have other needs that don’t fall in material needs realm. We encourage volunteers to consider:
    ● Paying for an activity, camp, extra-curricular opportunity● Provide babysitting to allow caregivers a break● Bring the child(ren) along on a fun family outing



Birthday Celebration: Let's do birthdays BIG!!!

Birthdays can be hard for many children experiencing Foster Care because they are not with their families or because they have never had resources around them to celebrate. Michiana Care Teams can support families and help them plan for the big day. 
Some practical ways this can be done and allow the child to be CELEBRATED:● Buy a cake and make it specialized to the child● Provide party decorations (balloons, streamers, etc.)● Find a location for the party● Show up and celebrate a wonderful child

Michiana Care Teams have launched! If you are interested in learning more about them, please contact us to become part of a Care Team or request a Care Team by clicking one of the links below!

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Not sure if having a Care Team is right for you? Contact us by clicking the link below and we can help answer your questions.

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