The South Haven Area Chamber of Commerce was pleased to welcome new member Family Enrichment Center with a ribbon cutting ceremony on Thursday, May 9th.
The Family Enrichment Center is a non-profit organization that’s all about supporting children and their caregivers. They work closely with the Department of Health and Human Services to support and extend services that are available to foster and adoptive parents throughout the west Michigan region.
“We will always need more foster families, but what people don’t realize is that there are still many ways to help even if you’re not ready to welcome a foster child into your home,” says Michelle Dulaney, Recruitment and Retention Coordinator for Van Buren County. “Being a parent is hard. Being a foster or adoptive parent is even harder. Fortunately, there is a lot of support available, and the ultimate reward is that you can change lives. It’s all worth it in the end,” she says.
The Family Enrichment Center provides training for prospective foster families, coordinates respite events and kinship events, and oversees networking and mentorship programs. They also provide a number of other resources and support groups aimed at helping caregivers and filling gaps in the child welfare system. As Dulaney says, “when we all come together to make families successful, everyone wins.”
To learn more about Family Enrichment Center, check out www.fecfamily.com, call (269) 660-0448 or stop into their office at 415 S. 28th Street, Battle Creek, between 9am and 5pm on weekdays.