Promoting Safe and Stable Families (View Publication)
The Detroit Center for Family Advocacy (CFA) provides legal advocacy and social work services to low-income families to prevent the unnecessary placement and prolonged stay of children in foster care. By doing so, CFA aims to keep children safe with their families, minimize the emotional trauma caused by removal, and allow the foster care system to focus its resources on children who need its protection.
The CFA accepts cases involving families who reside anywhere in Wayne County, Michigan with a focus on the Osborn neighborhood in Detroit, which has one of the highest rates of removal in the state.
CFA uses private funds to leverage public dollars. In partnership with the Wayne County Department of Child and Family Services (CAFS), CFA has used private funds to leverage state matching funds from Michigan's Child Care Fund (CCF).
We want to thank the following organizations and indviduals who have provided their support over the years. Without their belief in this idea and their courage to support it, we would have never opened our doors.
Our ModelCFA's work focuses on removing the legal barriers that either cause children to enter foster care or forces them to remain there. Often legal remedies like obtaining a custody or personal protection order, resolving criminal warrants or getting a divorce will allow children to remain with their famly and avoid placement in foster care. Similarly, CFA addresses legal barriers that can prevent children from achieving a legally permanent status with a caring and committed adult. CFA's multidisciplinary team seeks to overcome these obstacles by providing families with the assistance of an attorney, a social worker and a family advocate. Nearly 90% of our case referrals come directly from the Michigan Department of Human Services.
Once a case is accepted, a CFA attorney, social worker, and parent advocate will work closely with family members. Each individual on the CFA team will contribute a distinct set of skills:
By providing timely, coordinated support for parents and kinship caregivers, CFA is helping to stop the tide of unnecessary foster care placements. That, in turn, will enable the current system to address the needs of youngsters who require its protection and care.
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