Fostering Hope in Michigan is the umbrella organization that operates local chapters of For the Children Royal Family KIDS (RFK) and Teen Reach Adventure Camp (T.R.A.C.) programs. We serve Mid-Michigan kids and teens who are in or have been in foster care. The organization is 100 percent volunteer operated, with volunteers donating 30,000 hours each year to confront abuse and change lives. These volunteers also fundraise a $120,000 operational budget each year.
For The Children (FTC) chapter of Royal Family KIDS® (RFK)
Provides hope and creates positive memories through camps and a mentoring program designed especially for foster youth between ages 7-12. FHIM operates two RFK summer camps (one in JuNE and one in July) and one RFK Group Mentoring Club throughout the school year.
Teen Reach Adventure Camp™ (T.R.A.C.)
Provides hope through camps designed especially for foster youth between ages 13-17. Fostering Hope in Michigan operates two T.R.A.C. summer camps (one girls and one boys).
FHIM Teen Mentoring
FHIM Teen Mentoring is a local program that offers T.R.A.C. campers mentoring through age 18, helping them navigate their teenage years.
For the Children (FTC) chapter of Royal Family KIDS Camp (RFK)
The primary purpose of FTC's Royal Family KIDS Camp is to give foster children ages 7-12 a week of positive memories and royal treatment in a Christian Camp environment.
When a kid goes to Royal Family KIDS Camp they receive the attention and encouragement of an adult camp counselor and his/her “buddy camper”. In addition, each camper is also exposed to a variety of fun activities, designed for their success and to build self-esteem. For most of these children, it is the best week of the year – a special time when they can focus on having fun and enjoy being a kid.
For the Children (FTC) Chapter of
Royal Family Kids®Group
For the Children's Royal Family KIDS Group Mentoring Club is for any child 7-12 years of age that has attended a RFK Camp. Any child who has attended a RFK Camp is eligible for RFK Group Mentoring. During this time they meet with adults. During the Mentoring Club we sing, have a Bible lesson, activities, games and Connection Corner. During the connection corner adults and kids discuss safety. What it means to be safe, what to do if they are unsure in a situation or if they feel unsafe the actions to take and who they should talk to.
Studies have shown that having at least one caring adult in a child’s life can make a huge difference in the life of that child. We encourage the building of community for the kids during the monthly group mentoring club. Club is a place where the kids can reconnect with kids and staff they met at camp, build friendships and a sense of belonging to a community. The mentoring club runs from September through May.
Teen Reach Adventure Camp™
The primary purpose of Teen Reach Adventure Camp (T.R.A.C) is to improve and enhance the lives of at-risk youth age 13-17, now and in the future, by helping them to develop teamwork skills, trust, self-value and respect for others.
When a teenager goes to Teen Reach Adventure Camp, it changes the statistics of foster youth by offering an amazing adventure camp that is not just fun, but life altering. The T.R.A.C. model offers FTC RFK graduates and other teens in foster care, a camp that is designed to focus on building trust, teamwork skills, work ethic and self-value.
FHIM Teen Mentoring
FHIM Teen Mentoring is a local program that offers T.R.A.C. Campers mentoring through age 18, helping them navigate their teenage years into adulthood. Mentors commit to meet with their teen for a minimum of four hours each month, plus attend quarterly meetings. Often a monthly activity is planned, as the teens have requested to get together as a group more often.