Bethany's Refugee Foster Care program
offers an opportunity to invite a whole new world into your home! Our program serves refugee youth from places such as Asia,
Africa, and Central America. These refugee young people have fled disastrous circumstances to find a home here in the U.S.
They have been separated from their families due to death, violence, threats, or abuse and often their only option for long-term
safety and for a positive future is to resettle in other countries as unaccompanied minors.
Bethany's Refugee Foster
Care program is the only program in West Michigan providing foster care services to these refugee youth. We are facing
a great need for families to step forward to welcome these youth into their homes.
Currently, the majority of our
refugee children are from the Democratic Republic of Congo, Guatamala, Honduras and Burma (Myanmar). We have seen an increased
number of youth arriving in sibling groups of three or four. These siblings often range in age from 6-17. We are looking
for dedicated and culturally competent parents; parents who are flexible yet able to provide a structured home environment
and help prepare youth for success and stability as they move into young adulthood.
You can partner with us to address
this global concern for the welfare of refugees! Room and board is paid for by the State and medical needs are also
covered. If you are interested in becoming licensed to provide foster care, please call (616) 224-7540 and ask to speak
to a Foster Home Licensor.
Visit www.bethany.org/refugee for more information on Bethany's Refugee Foster Care program.