This year, National Adoption Month focuses on the adoption of older youth currently in foster care—because “We Never Outgrow the Need for Family." This theme calls attention to our nation's population of older youth in foster care who need loving, permanent families. Youth ages 15 to 18 make up 5 percent of the foster care population – 84,778 youth. Creating lifelong connections for these young people is critical in helping them prepare for successful adulthood. National Adoption Month is a Children's Bureau initiative that brings attention to children and youth waiting for permanent families. It is supported through partnerships with Child Welfare Information Gateway and AdoptUSKids. Click the thumbnail to see how LSSM is helping children from Michigan find their forever families.
We all need a solid home base to help us grow to our full potential. If it takes a village to raise a child, it may also require a community to form a healthy family.
At Lutheran Social Services of Michigan, we seek to empower families toward strength and wholeness. Our programs guide families along the path of staying intact, and when that is not possible, we help children find safe, nurturing alternative settings where they can flourish and thrive.
LSSM Home Care solutions offer independence and a sense of connection, allowing people to remain in their natural environments for as long as possible – perhaps throughout the duration of their lives. Our Group Homes offer Persons with Disabilities independence while fostering community among residents. Outings, activities and camaraderie form the backbone of life for these communities. Our HUD Subsidized Housing provides safe, clean, affordable homes for people who need it. We are proud to offer exactly what Michigan residents need to maintain home and community at every stage of life.
LSSM serves older adults through senior living residences, rehabilitation services, assisted living facilities, memory care units, skilled nursing programs, home care and HUD subsidized housing. Connecting with our overall vision of sharing in life with all, and upholding every individual’s dignity and health, we help older adults find their place in the aging process so they can fulfill their life’s potential every single day.