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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.
This program pairs foster and adopted youth with local, caring adult volunteers who walk along-side them, providing wisdom, advice, encouragement, and love.
What is mentoring? Mentoring at MFC is equipping and empowering the youth in our community to be prepared for adult living and to reach their fullest potential. Mentors are equipped with a mentoring handbook covering 9 areas with ideas and worksheets to facilitate conversations about setting goals, support systems, health & nutrition, money management, post-graduation schooling / training, & more.
Why is mentoring youth important? We all need at least one safe, caring adult in our life! Youth need to be seen, heard, and encouraged to try new things. Mentors walk alongside youth as they navigate through life’s challenges, providing wisdom, advice, encouragement, and community. The investment of a caring adult greatly increases the chances that a child will be successful. This benefits not just the youth but also supports that child's family as a whole.
Who is a mentor? Mentors are advocates, teachers, guides, role models, valued friends, and available resources. A mentor is a safe, caring adult who is willing to spend time with, listen to, and encourage a youth in the Michiana area. Anyone who is willing to spend time with, listen to, and love a youth would make an excellent mentor!
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.
Foster Parent Support Groups
Support groups facilitated via MFC provide emotional and practical encouragement to foster and adoptive parents. In-person and virtual options are both available.
Michiana Family Center
Michiana Family Center seeks to collaborate with our community to provide services for Michiana children and families, especially those experiencing Foster Care.