Our mission is to provide a safe, secure, structured environment for male and female youth within a family setting, that will nurture them and enable them to reach their highest potential.
Foster Care Program--A Brief Explanation
Berrien County Trial Court-Family Division is licensed as a child-placing agency and places juvenile delinquent court wards into licensed Foster Care Homes; these youth ranges in age from 12 to 17 years-old. Some youth are in need of short-term placement ranging from 6 months to 1 year, and other youth will need long-term placement (more than one year).
Berrien County Trial Court has implemented a comprehensive assessment process to better allow our Foster Parents to "know" the youth prior to being placed into their home.
Foster Parents are allowed an opportunity to interview the youth prior to the youth being placed in their home.
Berrien County Trial Court does not place any youth into foster care in the middle of the night.
Every foster youth will meet with a court foster care specialist at least twice a month.
All foster youth attend counseling.
All the foster youths' medical expenses are covered by Medicaid.
Foster parents will be given a purchase order to purchase clothes for the youth.
Foster parents are also reimbursed for the care and custody that they provide foster youth.