Michigan Department of Human Services, Partners:
You Don’t Have to Be Perfect to Be a Perfect Parent
April 28, 2010
The Michigan Department of Human Services will run radio public service announcements and newspaper ads statewide starting in May to recruit foster and adoptive parents, Director Ismael Ahmed said today.
“Some say we’re asking foster parents to take on a big burden,” Ahmed said at a Grand Rapids event today. “I say it’s an opportunity. Yes, we’re asking people to take on a huge responsibility, but as a father of five I can tell you that you get a thousand times in love what you invest.”
DHS and its partners, including Bethany Christian Services and the
Michigan Federation for Children and Families, are recruiting foster and adoptive parents for the 16,000 children in Michigan’s foster care system. Of those children in foster care, almost 4,000 are available for adoption because they are state or court wards after their parents’ rights were terminated by a court due to abuse or neglect.