Family Preservation - Judson Center

Family Preservation

Keeping families together is at the heart of our work

Judson Center’s Family Preservation programs are designed to promote safe, stable family environments for children who are at risk of becoming placed in out-of-home care, or who are returning from placement in foster care. Judson Center’s highly skilled staff works with families by providing tools and resources to meet their goals given the challenges they may face.

We are dedicated to offering families the appropriate resources to help nurture a home environment where children and parents can thrive.

Family Preservation consists of the following programs:

Building Community Partners (BCP) is contract program with the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. Services are provided in five counties: Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, Genesee and Washtenaw. The BCP program brings together those in the community who wish to support families involved or at risk of becoming involved with the child welfare system.

BCP provides support to children and families in the community through a variety of services including:

Parent Partners:

Parent Partners is a free program that assists parents whose children have been placed in foster care to help them reunify with their children. The program also works with families with an open MDHHS Children’s Protective Services case (Category I, II, III), where children may still remain in the home. This is done through the guidance and mentorship of other parents who have successfully reunited with their own children. Referrals must be made by a foster care worker or CPS worker, however, parents who are interested in services are welcomed to contact us at

BCP Community Partner Meetings:

Anyone interested in improving the safety, welfare, and success of families in our communities is welcome to attend our BCP Community Partner Meetings.

Please email for more information.

Support Groups & Training

To assist birth parents, foster parents, adoptive parents and relative caregivers in how to best care for their children.

For more information, please email

Judson Center’s Families Together Building Solutions—Pathways to Potential (FTBS) is an in-home program that works with families that are in need of assistance to support them in remaining safely intact. The FTBS program goal is to help families utilize their strengths to restore their safety and overcome barriers in order to prevent the out-of-home placement of their children. FTBS staff may work with a family for a period of 90 days, with a possible extension for an additional 90 days, if more intervention is needed. Some FTBS service areas include providing budgeting assistance, household management/life skills teaching, parenting skills, linkage to community resources, and transportation assistance. FTBS workers also provide support and advocacy with school-related concerns. The FTBS program is a contract program and funded by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. FTBS receives referrals directly from the Department of Health and Human Services (via Children’s Protective Services or School Success Coaches in Detroit Public Schools) in Wayne County. To make a referral or find out more information, please contact Shevera Lopez, FTBS Program Manager, at or 313.242.0502.

Get involved or see how you can help families thrive by contacting us today!