Teens are foster care success stories

Celine Collins and her foster parents at graduation
Celine Collins and her foster parents at graduation

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOTV) Nearly 14,000 children in Michigan are in foster care and the need loving guidance far beyond the age of 18. That’s why Samaritas is putting a special focus on teens in foster care.

Samaritas needs families to open their homes and take in a child who can no longer live with his or her parents. There is a great need for people to take in teenagers and sibling groups. Children are usually in foster care for at least a year until their parents can make life better at home or until they are finished with the program and age out when they turn 18. Children can opt to continue with Samaritas on their own until the age of 21 to continue to receive support.

Celine Collins is a Samaritas success story. She was 15 years old when she went in to foster care. She was placed in two foster homes and loved them both, but finally found the perfect fit at a third home. Collins just graduated from Forest Hills Northern High School.

Samaritas is holding a Michigan Teen Conference for children age 14 or older living in foster care or are living independently after foster care. The conference has workshops geared toward helping teens learn about living life on their own. It’s also a great way for teens to connect with each other. The keynote speakers are always foster care alumni.

The 2016 Michigan Teen Conference is June 21 and 22 at Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti. For more information or to register, visit michfed.org.

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