What We Do
Big Family of Michigan serves the needs of children in Michigan’s foster care system through the time they age out at 18. We continually seek opportunities to partner with community groups and businesses that support the common goal of helping us to help the children.
HOW WE MAKE A DIFFERENCE
Birthday in a Bag:
Party supplies, treats and party favors along with a gift for the birthday child are given to the social worker to create a party for the foster child.
Aging Out Program:
Aging out foster youth receive some of the important necessities they need to build an independent life, such as: bedding, linens, kitchen items, etc.
School Supplies Program:
School supplies are provided for foster children prior to the fall semester and made available during the year as requested for Kindergarten through college.
Holiday Celebrations and Events:
Games and toys (new), hats/gloves/scarves, blankets, candy and much more are collected through donations/drives then distributed to foster children identified by agencies, churches and community groups.
Partnerships with the Detroit Tigers, Detroit Pistons and the Detroit Lions enable Big Family to accompany foster youth to professional sporting events with Big Family treating the children to the refreshments. Big Family does not provide spending monies for the children who are recipients of the tickets, that is the responsibility of the agency or group bringing the children to the game.
Scholarships are awarded through applications for post-secondary education bound foster youth. Post-secondary education includes career schools, trade schools, community college as well as traditional colleges and universities. Big Family of Michigan will also accept applications to attend charter schools K-12 for foster children. These scholarships are made possible through donations from individuals, business and partnering 501(c)3 organizations. Applications will be accepted for Fall of 2021 school year and will be available in March of 2021.
Michigan Adoption Resource Exchange (MARE) enlists the support of Big Family for their Adoption Festival each year. Big Family provides arts and crafts, carnival games, stuffed animals, entertainment, candy and goodie bags for all the children as well as many volunteers to work the festival.