Foster Parent Inquiries

For Prospective Foster Parents for Migrant and/or Refugee Children and Youth:

The resource list below is available for those interested in fostering to connect directly with an LIRS partner agency near them that offers foster parenting for Unaccompanied Refugee Minors (URMs) and/or Unaccompanied Children (UC). Please note that some agencies have limitations on where they can work and how far they are able to travel to serve prospective foster parents.

While agencies may be able to respond to foster parenting inquiries immediately, there may be variance in response times.

Ascentria Care Alliance in Massachusetts           
Where they serve: Worcester and Waltham, Massachusetts
Contact for Foster Parent Inquiries: Orfa Torres; urm-info@ascentria.org
Phone: (508) 243-3062
http://www.ascentria.org/urm

Bethany Christian Services (BCS) Michigan

Grand Rapids
Where they serve:
45 miles away from 1050 36th Street SE Suite 40, Grand Rapids, MI 49508
Contact for Foster Parent Inquiries: Marie Simon, Licensing Supervisor; msimon@bethany.org
Phone: 616-965-8026
https://www.bethany.org/

Madison Heights
30685 Barrington Street, Suite 140, Madison Heights, MI 48071
Contact for Foster Parent Inquiries: Starr Allen-Pettway, Branch Director
Phone: 248-414-4080
https://www.bethany.org/

Traverse City
1055 Carriage Hill Drive, Suite 2, Traverse City, MI 49686
Contact for Foster Parent Inquiries: Craig Bultsma, Branch Director
Phone: 231-995-0870
https://www.bethany.org/

Crittenton Services for Children and Families in California    
Where they serve: Orange County, L.A., San Bernardino, Riverside, San Diego: 15-20 miles of 801 E Chapman St., Fullerton, CA 92831
Contact for Foster Parent Inquiries: Click here
Phone: 714-680-8200
http://crittentonsocal.org/what-we-do/foster-care-and-adoption-services/

Lutheran Family Services (LFS) Rocky Mountains (LSFRM): Denver    
Where they serve: Denver metro area (Ft. Collins, Greeley, Loveland, Longmont, Boulder, Castle Rock)
Contact for Foster Parent Inquiries: Cynthia Newkirk-Noah, Foster Care Program Director; Cindi.Newkirk-Noah@lfsrm.org
Phone: 303-217-5846
http://www.lfsrm.org/

Lutheran Family Services (LFS) Rocky Mountains (LSFRM): Colorado Springs
Main Office: 108 E. St. Vrain #21, Colorado Springs, CO 80903
Where they serve: Southern Colorado, Pueblo etc.
Contact for Foster Parent Inquiries: Gwendolyn S. White, Foster Care Program Director
Gwen.White@lfsrm.org
Phone: 719-314-0213
http://www.lfsrm.org/

Lutheran Social Services (LSS) Northwest in Washington State
Where they serve: Seattle; King, Snohomish, and sometimes Pierce or Kitsap counties
Contact for Foster Parent Inquiries: Courtney Burns; cburnscadigan@lcsnw.org; or Paul Tan;ptan@lcsnw.org
Phone: 206-694-5780
http://www.lcsnw.org

Lutheran Social Services of the National Capital Area (LSS of NCA)
Where they serve: MD, DC (NO VA): Only 25 miles away from 200 I Street, SE Washington, DC 20003
Contact for Foster Parent Inquiries: Patricia Britt, Recruitment Coordinator for Foster Care; brittp@lssnca.org
Phone: 202-723-3000 ext. 254
http://lssnca.org/

Lutheran Social Services (LSS) of North Dakota    
Where they serve: 50 miles of our Fargo and Grand Forks sub-office
Contact for Foster Parent Inquiries: Ella Huwe, Foster Care Licensor; ehuwe@lssnd.org
http://www.lssnd.org/ 

Samaritas
Where they serve: Lansing, Mid-Michigan and Southeast; Vassar, Roseville, Marlette, South Lyon
Contact for Foster Parent Inquiries: Michelle Haskell, Marketing and Recruitment Specialist; mhask@lssm.org (or) Kayla Park kpark@lssm.org
Phone: 517-827-5179
https://samaritas.org/

United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB)
Email Contact: MRSCSSupportStaff@usccb.org or Migratingchildren@usccb.org
http://www.usccb.org/about/children-and-migration/unaccompanied-refugee-minor-program/index.cfm
Phone: 202-541-3081

USCCB Locations
Ft. Worth, TX
Houston, TX
Grand Rapids, MI
Jackson, MS
Miami, FL
Phoenix, AZ
Richmond, VA and Roanoke, VA
Rochester, NY
Syracuse, NY
Salt Lake City, UT
San Jose, CA
Tacoma, WA