DETROIT, Michigan — Bethany Christian Services, a global nonprofit committed to bringing and keeping families together, is extending its foster care services in Detroit to provide critical services to vulnerable children in the city. To support children in crisis, Bethany is opening a new westside Detroit location within the Life Remodeled facility.
“Bethany’s primary objective is to place vulnerable children with loving families who can provide the care and nurturing environment they so desperately need,” said Starr Allen-Pettway, branch director for Bethany Christian Services of Southeast Michigan. “Currently, there are so few families in the city registered to provide foster care. As a result, children are being placed with families outside of Detroit – away from their friends, schools and everything they know.”
Having received a $240,000 three-year grant from the Johnson Foundation, Bethany is working with local organizations to recruit families in Detroit willing to open their hearts and homes to children requiring foster care services. Greater access to local families will help decrease trauma experienced by children in foster care.
“We want Detroit kids to have the option to stay in their community so they can remain closely connected to the people and places that help to keep them comfortable,” said Chris Palusky, president and CEO for Bethany Christian Services. “While nearly 75 percent of local children requiring foster care services come from the city of Detroit, of our 141 licensed homes in the area, only two homes are in Detroit proper.”
Bethany’s presence demonstrates intentional support for the community of Detroit and dedication to the children looking to remain in the city they call home. Bethany will be moving into the second floor of the Life Remodeled Building, located on the westside of Detroit in the Boston Edison district. For more information, visit https://www.bethany.org/detroit.