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Adoption And Foster Care Specialist Inc

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Adoption, Children & Youth

Mission: To provide social services in the areas of individual, joint and family counseling, psychological testing, evaluation and assessment reports, group counseling with children, adolescents and adults, and consultation and training primarily as they relate to adoption and foster care services.

Programs: During the fiscal year 2016-2017, adoption and foster care specialists, inc. Facilitated the adoption of 47 children into 26 families. These were all special-needs children with emotional, medical and/or cognitive disabilities. There were several large sibling groups that the agency was able to keep together in permanent families through adoption. In the past, roughly one half of the children serviced for adoption by the agency have been 10 years of age or older. During this fiscal year, there was a noted change in the age with many of the children adopted being below the age of 6. This change is directly related to the age that the children are entering foster care being younger than in past years as well as the courts general lean to establish permanency in a faster time frame resulting in the termination of parental rights occurring more quickly when there is a lack of progress on the treatment plan by the birth parents. During this fiscal year, the youngest adoptees were age 1 and the oldest was 15. Adoption and foster care specialists has also provided the state of michigan with foster care and foster home licensing services. During this fiscal year, the agency provided foster care services for 114 children. The number of foster children at any given time has fluctuated between 57 and 80 children. There were 75 foster homes that provided care for these children as well as some unlicensed relative care placements that were supervised by the agency. Several of the foster homes were borrowed from other agencies (mdhhs) with monitoring by adoption and foster care specialists, inc being mandated. Adoption and foster care specialists inc has 38 licensed foster homes for the care of michigan court wards. The agency has also licensed additional homes and transferred the license to the family's local mdhhs office. Adoption and foster care specialists inc. Has been noted for the timeliness of foster home licensure following a study by the statewide mdhhs office. During this fiscal year, the agency has worked with the birth parents with successful reunification of 11 children.

Community Stories

7 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

I can't believe how blind I was to think i could trust my troubled teenage daughter. They literally manipulated me & gave me a false reality. I feel I was doing the right thing & now that my child is 18 the reasons I choose foster care for her weren't taken seriously
Lapeer is corrupt

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Client Served

Rating: 1

DO NOT DONATE THEY DO NOT CARE ABOUT CHILDREN THEY CARE ABOUT MONEY ONLY.

THAT DIRECTOR NEEDS TO GO TO SCHOOL FOR ETHICAL TRAINING AND MAYBE HER STAFF WOULD LEARN ABOUT THE OATH YOU TAKE TO PROTECT CHILDREN . THEY ARE PATHETIC .

Client Served

Rating: 5

Professional staff and agency. The staff really care about kids and families. I've read the other comments and just have to say I disagree with everything. Sometimes the agency has to make difficult decisions to NOT allow relatives to adopt kids and it's understandable that they get upset, but it's not OK to bash them because of that. This agency has children's welfare and best interest at heart. They are honest, ethical and professional.

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Client Served

Rating: 1

I rate this Agency 0 stars, they don't deserve even one star. They should be ashamed of how they operate . I recently found out that this has been going on for years, they have quite the reputation. I guess others whom have gone through the same treatment through this unprofessional Adoption Agency are exhausted mentally and physically and are unable to afford or challenge them in court. This is the reason they never return phone calls, never let you know whats happening, and the worst is they tell untruths about whatever they feel they heard and won't ask about it and just put it in your report. MCI makes the final decision is a lie, they agree with whatever the Adoption and Foster Care Specialist decision was . They will tell you different but they are in this together and just as Corrupt. This Agency has a responsibility for little children who have nobody to protect them . How have they been able to get away with being untruthful, Rude, No emotions, Cognizant of Employees telling lies and laugh about it, 2 years and 4 months working with a specialist and 2 phone calls , the rest emails to her Supervisor. A Specialist who is unprofessional makes decisions on approvals and denials and everyone follows. My case was purchased out by the state to the Adoption And Foster Care Specialist . Nobody has challenged them and I will make sure this SCAM is uncovered and they will be out of business. Leading people in the wrong direction and not listening to them when they are pleading for help is wrong.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

Unprofessional in every aspect. They will tell you what they think you want to hear even if it’s not the truth. High staff turnover.

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Client Served

Rating: 1

They should be closed down.....
They tell untruths about families
Unprofessional
Condescending
KATIE -FOSTER CARE SPECIALIST WAS CAUGHT IN MANY UNTRUTHS WITH PAPERWORK TO PROVE SHE IS COMMITTING FRAUD BY UNTRUTHS AND STILL ABLE TO MAKE DECISIONS ON CHILDRENS LIVES AND PLACEMENT.

JACI SUPERVISOR- MAKES EXCUSES FOR KATIE THAT SHE HAS MANY CASES AND MAYBE FORGETS. CONDESCENDING, RUDE AND MAKES THREATS.

JENNIFER - DIRECTOR - COULD CARELESS ABOUT YOUR 100 OF PHONE CALLS MADE WITH COMPLAINTS.

FOLLOW CHAIN OF COMMAND GETS YOU NOWHERE WITHIN THIS COMPANY CONTRACTED OUT BY THE STATE OF MICHIGAN . CONTRACTED OUT BECAUSE THEY ARE OVERLOADED . THEY WILL BE REPORTED TO EVERYONE AGENCY BECAUSE THEY SHOULD NOT BE MAKING DECISIONS ON ANY CHILDREN . THIS IS WHY CHILDREN GET HURT AND SUFFER BECAUSE OF AGENCIES WHO DONT CARE. LIKE THIS AGENCY DOESN'T EVEN DESERVE ONE STAR ....

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

Management is very unprofessional. Demean foster parents role as unimportant team members.

The women who calls herself “the president” Yelled at a foster youth in front of hospital staff. Called the foster youth worthless in the presence of the hospital social worker. Then went on to tell the youth how inconvenient this was to have to get him assessed at the hospital.