The Child Safe Michigan Community-Based Mentoring Program is the only successful program in the state of Michigan that is dedicated primarily to youth in foster care ages 7-23. Not only do youth in foster care have to deal with age appropriate problems: they also have to face being separated from family, residing in new homes, attending new schools and the hardest issue of all, and dealing with the abuse/neglect that led to their placement in foster care. Given all of this, our youth are presented with a myriad of risk factors. Mentoring is a proven and effective way to combat these negative experiences. The mentor/mentee relationship offers the youth the chance to develop a relationship with an adult, other than an authority figure, who then becomes a friend, role model, and advocate for the youth. This caring and consistent relationship leads to increased self-esteem, improved social skills, additional opportunities for success in life, and an improved outlook on the future for the youth. This program requires a one-year commitment where the mentor meets 2-4 times a month with the youth within the community.
Our mission is to provide foster care, adoption and mentoring services to abused, neglected and at-risk children. Our focuses are advocacy, prevention, treatment, reunification, permanency, and community outreach.
Child Safe Michigan provides youth and young adults, ages 7-21, the opportunity to positively interact with an adult mentor. Youth are given the chance to develop a relationship with an adult mentor, other than an authority figure, who then becomes a role model and advocate for the youth.
Child Safe Michigan's mentoring program is the only successful mentoring program in the state that is dedicated primarily to youth in foster care.