The Craig Fahle Show

Foster Care and Help for Vulnerable Kids in Dearborn Heights

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Photo courtesy of Vista Maria

A new law that would allow kids who are aging out of the Michigan’s foster care program to choose to continue receiving support until age 21 is scheduled to begin April 1st. Governor Rick Snyder and the state Legislature approved the measure late last year. The Michigan Department of Human Services would also like the state’s universities and colleges to offer more support for foster kids working toward a college degree.

WDET’s Laura Weber visited Vista Maria – a school and home in Dearborn Heights that specializes in treating girls who are in foster care, or who are vulnerable to abuse and neglect. Vista Maria is using mentorship as a tool to get teens thinking about college and career as they move into adulthood.

Vista Maria is looking for more adult mentors to help with youths in the DREAM program. If you're interested, visit the Vista Maria website, or call 313-271-3050.

Michigan DHS hotline to report abuse and neglect of children: 1-800-942-4357

Photo courtesy of Vista Maria