Online Resources

Foster Youth in Transition, Michigan Department of Human Services
This is a website with information on a variety of issues important to current and former foster youth in Michigan. The site provides links on how to develop supports, find services, get answers to important questions and just keep you posted on what's new.

Save Our Children Coalition
SOCC's website focuses on a five-county area in Southeastern Michigan, providing links to foster care / foster youth resources. The regions currently served includes the City of Detroit, Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, St. Clair and Macomb Counties.

Student Advocacy Center
The Student Advocacy Center of Michigan is the only independent organization in Michigan providing free, non-legal advocacy to students and families within both general and special public education programs. If you are in trouble at school, they are a great group of people to call and ask for help.

Foster Club
The National Network for Youth in Foster Care provides resources and community for foster children.

Transition Club
Transition Club, formerly

Adoption Clubhouse
Kids friendly website for kids by kids. Provides adoption information and resources including homework help, famous people, books, movies, and adoption facts.

Michigan Adoption Resource Exchange (MARE)
Michigan's photolisting website for children waiting for their forever families. Lots of good information on adoption, including public (DHS) and private agency websites and contact information, post-adoption support group information, and state-wide statistics.

Adopt Us Kids
The national photolisting website featuring children all over the country who are waiting for their forever families. A great resource webpage for potential adoptive families, adoption workers, and youth.

Michigan ETV Program
You may be eligible for funding of up to $5000 per year while you are in college or a vocational or technical training program!

Orphan Foundation of America

Founded in 1981, the Orphan Foundation of America (OFA) serves thousands of foster teens across the United States. Whether we're providing them with college scholarships, connecting them with mentors and internships, sending them care packages, or testifying before Congress, OFA is a passionate champion of foster youth.

National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators
National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA) is an association of over 3,000 colleges, universities, career schools, and others with an interest in student financial aid.

NASFAA does NOT provide financial aid to students. You should contact the financial aid office at the college of your choice for details on available opportunities. However, this Web page will direct you to some of the more helpful financial aid guidance on the Web. We hope you find this information useful.

Teen Yellow Pages (Washtenaw County)
A fantastic 36-page resource of any information teenagers could think to need: How to get a driver's license, phone numbers to different free health clinics, volunteer opportunities, fun things to do around town, and much, much more!

Volunteer Opportunities

City Year & City Year: Detroit
City Year unites young people of all backgrounds for a year of full-time service, giving them the skills and opportunities to change the world. The benefits of joining the City Year corps include gaining life-long friendships and a sense of pride, as well as new perspectives and strong leadership skills.  Not to mention the priceless smile of a child who has learned how to read. As a City Year corps member, you will also receive other benefits that make your year of service even more rewarding.

As an AmeriCorps member, you’ll gain new skills and experiences—and you’ll also find the tremendous satisfaction that comes from helping others. In addition, full-time members who complete their service earn a Segal AmeriCorps Education Award of $4,725 to pay for college, graduate school, or to pay back qualified student loans; members who serve part-time receive a partial Award. Some AmeriCorps members may also receive a modest living allowance during their term of service. This page explains some of the different AmeriCorps programs and helps you choose which one is best for you.

Peace Corps
The Peace Corps traces its roots and mission to 1960, when then Senator John F. Kennedy challenged students at the University of Michigan to serve their country in the cause of peace by living and working in developing countries. From that inspiration grew an agency of the federal government devoted to world peace and friendship. Since that time, nearly 200,000 Peace Corps Volunteers have served in 139 host countries to work on issues ranging from AIDS education to information technology and environmental preservation.

Aging Out Resources

Michigan Assistance Referral Service
Provides information about programs offered by the State of Michigan that may help families in need with assistance for medical, nutritional, food, day care, temporary cash or other expenses. MARS will help you determine if your household may be eligible.

Assurance Wireless
Assurance Wireless offers a FREE wireless phone and 200 FREE minutes of wireless service to eligible customers each month. There are no bills, long-term contracts, activation fees, recurring fees, or surcharges for Assurance Wireless customers.

Michigan Housing Locator
Great search tool for prospective renters. Affordable, Subsidized, Accessible, Senior, and more. Search for properties by: rent, location, bedroom size, and more
Shows properties: that accept Housing Choice Vouchers (HCV's), with accessible units, with rent based on income first

Find a Food Pantry is a free food pantry resource.  If you are low-income, an aging-out foster youth or anyone in need of food assistance, check this online resource to find a pantry in your area, recipes and more!

Central Detroit – Community of Hope (CD/CoH) is a faith-based organization, providing unique community focused independent living environments, exclusively to youth who are aging out of Michigan’s foster care system.