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Consider foster parenting

November 8, 2012
The Daily Mining Gazette

To the editor:

November is National Adoption Month and Good Will Farm Placement Services, Foster Family Support Service would like to recognize the special families that have opened their homes to children in need of a family to call their own. These families provide stable, safe and nurturing homes for some of the most vulnerable children in Michigan, the United States, and the world.

Currently, there are more than 100,000 children in the United States foster care system available for adoption, and more than 10,000 without an identified home. According to the Michigan Adoption Resource Exchange, 305 of these children are in Michigan and over 75 percent of these children are between the ages of 11-18.

Parenting an adopted child is a difficult decision to make, but for the brave, dedicated families who have accepted this lifelong commitment, the rewards of giving a young child or teenager a place to call a "forever home" is everlasting.

Adoptive parents offer children; a sense of belonging, security and unconditional love. The goal of adoption is to provide permanency for children in a loving, stable, and nurturing home where adoptive children can grow and thrive mentally, physically, and socially.

Though becoming an adoptive parent can be stressful and time consuming, the commitment to becoming a family there for these children throughout their lives is a reward in of itself.

There are also services for families who have adopted through foster care called Post Adoption Resource Center. Our specialists advocate for families, navigate services such as mental health, education, Social Security, and subsidy applications. These services also include family preservation such as strengthening the family and preventing disruptions. Good Will Farm services all 15 counties of the Upper Peninsula.

Information about becoming an Adoptive Parent, Foster Parents or Post Adoption Resource Center, please visit our website: or contact us by phone/email: 906-487-9832 or


Good Will Farm Placement Services




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