Helping Refugee Youth Through Foster Care

Caring for youth who have lost everything.

Often refugee families are split apart between the time they leave their home and when they arrive at a refugee camp. When this happens, family reunification is difficult and children are considered orphans. The only option for these children is to be resettled in other countries as unaccompanied minors.

Bethany has responded to this need by making it possible for foster parents in the Grand Rapids area to help through the Unaccompanied Minor program. You can show love and compassion to children who have lost everything and yearn for a new beginning.

Bethany is seeking caring and committed foster parents who are willing to open their homes to minors in need. Foster families come from a variety of backgrounds and include families with small children, families whose kids are grown, and both one- and two-parent families.

Join us as we work with families in the Grand Rapids area to give children from all over the world a chance at a new life.


Can you provide a home to refugee youth in Michigan?

Our need is for foster families to accept one or more youth from African and Central American countries. Could your family welcome these youth into your home, even for a short time?

Kent and Kalamazoo county residents only

Call 616.224.7540

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Refugee youth long-term goals

Refugee youth work to heal from past trauma while they pursue goals of learning English, getting an education, and preparing for a future of independence.

Types of refugee foster care

There are various programs based on your interest and level of commitment. Our Casa de Esperanza program is a specialized program with youth who require more intensive services due to their past trauma. Bethany is looking
for families to welcome multiple youth into their home.

We support foster parents

You will be assigned a Bethany caseworker to provide ongoing support and services. Bethany will also provide specialized training on parenting youth from other cultures and you can be matched with experienced foster parents who will act as mentors. In addition, you will receive a daily stipend to cover the costs of an additional family member, as well as medical insurance for the youth.

A foster parent's role

  • Provide a safe and supportive home environment
  • Offer emotional support while managing the youth’s behavior
  • Provide transportation for education, medical appointments, and extracurricular activities
  • Be willing to learn about the youth’s culture and incorporate it in your home
  • Provide opportunities for youth to establish a meaningful, lifelong relationships
  • Assist the youth in planning for their future

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