Welcome to this months issue of Foster Parent 411!

Are you passionate about foster parenting?  Do you enjoy talking to others about DABSJ, foster parenting and/or foster care?  Do you want to help prepare families for the challenges and joys of fostering?   We need you!  Research shows that current foster parents are an invaluable resource for recruiting and training new families.   We are especially in need of foster families for sibling groups, school-age and medically fragile children and teens! 
We are looking for foster parents to partner with us in a number of ways, including assisting with monthly Orientation, Pressley-Ridge training and community-based information and recruitment events.  The amount of time commitment required and compensation available will vary.  I am very excited for the possibility of you sharing your experiences and knowledge with new families. Please contact me at or (616) 774-3845 if you are interested in learning more. I look forward to talking to you!

Thank you for all that you do!
- Deb Disler, Licensing Manager

We reward families with $200 when they successfully recruit a family who becomes licensed as a foster parent or is approved to adopt.  If you know someone interested in foster care or adoption, you can connect them with Lisa Puente at
The following events are hosted by the Foster Kent Kids. If you are interested in attending, please RSVP to Lisa Puente at 616.774.4310 or

Post Family Farms on Saturday September 21 from 1-4p Come and enjoy an afternoon with your family!  Each person will receive a wrist band that includes a free cup of apple cider, free donut, free small pumpkin and the following free actives; hay rides, face painting, petting zone, and 4 different play areas giant slide! *This event is first come first serve as there are a limited number of tickets* Contact Lisa Puente to RSVP.

Fall Conference: Raising Black Children Saturday Oct. 5, 2019. Registration begins at 8:30am. Event is from 9-12p at Calvary Church at 707 E Beltline Ave NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49525.

Rethinking Self-Care is a training session on Sept 17 designed to look at self-care as an important part of the foster parent journey. Learn more here.
Policy Reminder – this applies to all children in the home age 24 months or younger

R400.9306 Bedrooms
(3)(h) Soft objects, bumper pads, stuffed toys, blankets, quilts or comforters or other objects that could smother a child shall not be placed with or under a resting or sleeping infant
(3)(j) Infant car seats, infant seats, infant swings, bassinets, highchairs, playpens, pack-n-plays, collapsible cribs, collapsible playyards, waterbeds, adult beds, soft mattresses, sofas, beanbags or other soft surfaces are not approved sleeping equipment for children 24 months of age or younger. 

(3)(k) Children 24 months or younger who fall asleep in a space that is not approved for sleeping shall be moved to approved sleeping equipment appropriate for the size and age.
PROJECT 1 by ArtPrize
September 7 - October 27, 2019

Gerald R Ford International Airport

Did you know on average 200 planes take off and land every day at Gerald R Ford International Airport? And they are all fun to watch from the observatory area, open from 7:00 am 10:00 pm located on Kraft Avenue north of 52nd Street

NEED A HAIRCUT? We have Back to School Complimentary Haircuts Coupons for Empire Beauty School (3583 Alpine Ave NW).

If you would like some for your kiddos, please contact Lisa Puente at 616.774.4310 or
Don't forget to use Foster Parent Central as your guide to all things DABSJ foster care! There you will find upcoming training's (like TIP or Verbal De-escalation), reading suggestions, and more!

Is there more you would like to see in this monthly newsletter? Let us know!
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