"There were like hundreds of people wanting particular children so it depends on need," Willow said. "If a child has very high medical need, there are usually only a few families that apply. So children with less needs, there were more families."

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Steps to Becoming Licensed

Once you make the decision to become a foster parent, the following steps must be followed: 

Step 1 : Contact Judson Center 

Call our Foster Parent line at (313) 255-8272 or email us at foster_care@judsoncenter.org. 

Step 2: Attend Foster Care Orientation

Foster Care Orientation offer’s an overview of the foster parent licensing process and what is expected from foster parents. This training provides information about Judson Center’s policies, the foster care system, licensing rules for foster parents and the licensing process. A question and answer section allows for any concerns to be addressed. A video is shown to give you real-life experiences of the foster care system. You will be given a Foster Home Application and Criminal Clearance forms for every member of your household over 18 years of age. You will also be given instructions on how to get fingerprinted. (Only license applicants need to be fingerprinted). Once you have been fingerprinted, please return the Application and Criminal Clearance forms to Judson Center for processing. Orientation must be completed at our agency by attending one of our upcoming orientation dates.  

Step 3: Submit an Application and Fingerprint Clearance Requests

Proper documentation will be provided to you during foster care orientation.

Step 4: Attend PRIDE Training

PRIDE is a competency-based program which provides greater detail about the foster care system and the responsibilities of foster parents. Topics covered include: attachment and loss issues, discipline, effects of abuse and neglect, sexual abuse, and the effects of fostering and adopting on the family. Sessions 1, 2, 3, 4 & 6 must be completed, in order, prior to being licensed

Step 5: Complete a Home Assessment

The home assessment/home study includes collecting all documentation; a physical assessment of your home; and interviews with each member of your household, including spouse, domestic partner, children, etc.

Step 6: Become Licensed with the State of Michigan

You are now able to provide children with a safe and secure home!


Due to the nature of the work we do, Judson Center upholds the privacy of the children, adults and families we serve. Therefore, photos and names may be changed to protect identity.