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On Friday August 7th at 7:30 pm, MFS hosted a foster care information session at the Islamic Center of Detroit. This session was a continuation in our ongoing efforts of increasing awareness about the need for foster parents in the state of Michigan. We hosted Vista Maria, a foster care agency that we have been working very closely with since the onset of this initiative. We at MFS, aim to be the liaison between our partner foster care agencies and the Muslim community. We feel that by spreading awareness on the situation of around 12,000 children in the Michigan foster care system, we can find potential foster parents willing to open their hearts and their homes to these minors in need.
Foster Care Educators and recruiters Jeri Lynn Lasich and Tannaz Sabet were our speakers for the night. Jeri Lynn began with her story. Jeri was adopted by her grandmother after her own parents abandoned her as a baby. She spoke about how it felt to not know her parents growing up, her endless love for her grandmother up until the end of her life and the need for children like her to have a safe place to call home. She made the point that not all children are as fortunate as she was to have a near relative willing to take them in. Many of the children in the system are alone; with parents who are deemed temporarily unfit and no relatives able to take them in. It is for this very reason that she has dedicated her life to advocating for their well being.
Jeri Lynn Lasich
Next up was a personal story from Tannaz on her attempt at an international adoption and how this inspired her to become a foster care advocate. We played the short film entitled ‘ReMoved’ for the guest in attempt to give them a glimpse of what it is like to be a foster child. The film follows a little girl’s story of being removed from her home due to abusive and neglecting parents and her struggling to find new normalcy in her life.
Afterwards, a presentation on foster care qualifications and FAQ’s was given with a Q&A to follow. The guest were able to ask questions to the educators in an intimate setting in order to clarify any misconceptions they may have had. The guest all enjoyed the event and a few even signed up to attend an orientation at vista Maria. Our goal of increasing the amount of licensed Muslim foster homes in Michigan is one difficult to obtain but quite possible with education.
If you or anyone you know is interested in becoming a licensed foster parent, please contact us in order to schedule an orientation.
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Join us for an info. session on foster care in MI: "Hearts Without Homes" at the ICD at 7:30 PM. FREE EVENT
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On Saturday August 1st, 2015, Muslim Family Services (MFS) offered a post Eid event for youth called “Young Muslim Fun Day” with over 200 guest in attendance. The event provided several ‘funstations with activities for the children to partake in. Some of the activities present were a t-shirt design station, football toss, tug of war, face painting, henna, win a fish game, hopping sack race, find the match, water wars and much more!
The event was free of cost and intended as a gift for the community children. The guest were provided with a pizza lunch, soft-serve ice cream, cotton candy, ice cold drinks and plenty of candy! The children were given ribbons with slots for station leaders to mark. Once a child completed every funstation, they could come receive a prize! Alhamdulilah, the children enjoyed themselves very much. They wore laughter and smiles on their faces on the hot August summer day.
We, at MFS, strive to give back to our community as best and as often as we can. Events like these should be available for the Metro-Detroit youth and we would like to be at the forefront of providing such opportunities inshAllah. All praise is due to Allah (swt) for providing us with the means and health to offer such an event and we only pray to improve in future events inshAllah. We would like to thank all guest and volunteers for coming out. May Allah the almighty reward you all immensely!
Please see pictures from the event below:
T-shirt design station
Tug of War champ
Win a Fish
Kids enjoying themselves!
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Join us in a day filled with fun activites both intellectual and exciting! Children ages 3+ are welcome to join.
*Please dress in play clothes ie. clothes you don't mind getting dirty.
See flyer below for details.
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On Thursday July 23rd, Muslim Family Services had the pleasure of co-sponsoring an Eid Celebration for the Islamic Center of North Detroit- (ICND) Children’s Summer Program. The event took place in the Masjid Al-Falah parking lot which was decorated with bounce houses, slides, and a joust bungee.
The children dined on cheesy pizza, drinks, ice cream and popsicles. Laughter filled the air and smiles beamed as the kids played competitively with their comrades.
During the week, these children attend the the school to learn Qur’an and Islamic studies. It is our honor to sponsor such a joyous event for our Muslim youth as a break from their studies in celebration of Eid-ul-Fitr. May Allah swt bless these children and their families and raise from amongst them scholars to benefit our Ummah at large.