Caring for Refugee Youth Who have Lost Everything
All across the world, families are being forced to flee their homes due to war, natural disasters, or persecution. 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.
*Refugee foster care is not offered in all Bethany branches.
Refugee Foster Care—A Response to a Growing Need
Bethany Christian Services has responded to this need by making it possible for foster parents to help through the Refugee and Immigrant Foster Care 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 children in need. Refugee 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 refugee foster families to give children from all over the world a chance at a new life.
Long-Term Goals for Refugee Children
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 and Immigrant Foster Care
There are various programs based on your interest and level of commitment. Bethany is also looking for families to welcome multiple youth into their home.
We Support Refugee and Immigrant 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 Refugee 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
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)