Our Story

Serving the needs of foster kids for over 20 years.

​We are a faith-based nonprofit that ministers to the needs of hurting children and teens, through life-changing camps and mentoring club opportunities.

Fostering Hope in Michigan is the umbrella organization that operates local Royal Family KIDS (RFK) and Teen Reach Adventure Camp (T.R.A.C.) programs. We serve Mid-Michigan kids and teens who are in foster care, or have been in foster care.”The organization is 100 percent volunteer run with volunteers donating 30,000 hours per year to confront abuse and change lives. These volunteers also fundraise a $120,000 operation budget each year.

RFK is an international organization that provides summer camping and school-year mentoring experiences for children who are in, or have been in, state-supervised care. Locally, Christian Celebration Center was instrumental in bringing this ministry to Mid-Michigan in 1995. The first Mid-Michigan RFK Camp was in 1996, followed by the launch of a second camp in 1999 sponsored by Midland Evangelical Free Church. RFK Camp provides five days of positive memories for campers and five days of respite to families/foster families at no cost to the family. Each RFK Camp requires 60-100 volunteers to work in varying capacities. A mentoring program (Mentoring Club) was added in 2009. Children who have attended a RFK Camp are eligible for mentoring in the RFK Mentoring Club. Since 2009, Mid-Michigan RFK has been a yearlong ministry to children ages 6-12!

 

Teen Reach was founded in 2000 to provide continuity for children aging out of RFK. Teen Reach developed camping and mentoring programs specifically aimed at teens who are, or have been in foster care. Now T.R.A.C. programs can be found throughout the United States.  The first Mid-Michigan T.R.A.C. boys and girls camps were held in 2018. That same year, a teen mentoring program was launched. Both were sponsored by the Midland Evangelical Free church.

 

Just as the children move from Royal Family KIDS programs into Teen Reach programs, so do many volunteers. In 2019, Fostering Hope in Michigan was launched to provide the best possible leadership and resources on behalf of the children and teens we serve. Now there are year-round programs in Mid-Michigan that serve foster children ages 6-18!

executive Committee &
Board of Directors
William M. Clarkson, PhD

Chair

David F. Marsh

Vice Chair

Kevin D. Willis

Secretary

Gretchen Stuart, CPA

Treasurer

Rich Shull

Executive Director

Barb Shull

Executive Director

Caroline B. Giblin

Executive Director Emeritus

Rev. Norborne A. Giblin, Jr.

Board Member

Julie Anklam, MSW, LMSW

Board Member

Roger K. Thornton

Board Member

Nikki Shields

Board Member

Beth E. Kelch

Board Member

Jeanne Behmlander

Board Member

Christoper C. Shirk

Board Member

Join our team

The teams behind the scenes.

Fundraising

TEAM

Help us reach our financial goals and host an annual fundraiser event.

Barb

Katy

Mike

 

Marketing

TEAM

Help us communicate our message.

Erika

Valerie

Fostering Hope
In Michigan

(989) 492-0030

info@fosteringhopemi.org

Fostering Hope in Michigan:

Royal Family KIDS and T.R.A.C.

PO Box 1665

Midland, MI 48641-1665

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Fostering Hope in Michigan Since 2019