Family Preservation - Judson Center

Family Preservation

Keeping families together is at the heart of our Family Preservation program.

Judson Center’s Family Preservation programs are designed to promote safe, stable family environments for children who are at may be at risk of becoming placed in out-of-home care, or who are returning from a 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. 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, 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. Visit the BCP website for meeting dates or 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. Visit the BCP website for upcoming events.

For more information, please visit

Families First of Michigan offers families intensive, short-term crisis intervention and family education services in their home for four to six weeks using the Families First of Michigan model. Workers are available and accessible to the family 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The workers assist families by teaching, modeling and re enforcing parenting.

Families First of Michigan is a contract program and funded by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. Judson Center provides Families First services in Wayne and Macomb counties.

Families must be referred by DHHS-Child Protective Services/Foster Care or a Domestic Violence Shelter and must have at least one child age (0-18).  

  • Macomb County Referral, please call 586.994.7994
  • Wayne County Referral, please call 313.550.0077

Judson Center’s Family Reunification Program (FRP) serves families residing in Wayne County who are reuniting after an out-of-home placement of one or more of their children. The goal is to help families achieve independence, stability, and to reduce the risk of future Child Protective Services (CPS) involvement and future removal of children for out-of-home placement.

As part of FRP, families receive therapeutic intervention and case management from a Master’s level team leader and a Bachelor’s level family worker. The team meets with families in their homes, using a strength-based/solution focused approach relevant to their children and family’s needs.

The Family Reunification Program is a contract program and funded by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. Families must be referred by DHHS Foster Care staff or Private Agency Foster Care staff.

To make a program referral or find out more information, please contact Ayanna Harris, FRP Program Manager, at or 248.302.2851.

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 Ayanna Harris, FTBS Program Manager, at or 248.392.0150.

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

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