Teens who get too old for the foster care system need better support to survive on their own.
Volunteer mentoring and tutoring programs to help kids aging out of the foster care system are sponsored by private agencies including Catholic Social Services of Lansing/St. Vincent Home, Lutheran Social Services, and Child and Family Services-Capital Area. Michigan State University has started a scholarship fund for students who leave foster care.
Stephen Vanderhoff’s life story reflects the Great American Dream. The 33-year-old son of Dutch natives who immigrated to Michigan in the 1960s, Mr. Vanderhoff grew up on a farm that had just five cows. Today he owns nearly 6,000 of them.