Helping families heal and stay together

Are you or a loved one at risk of losing parental rights? We’re here to help.

Contact us at or 616-226-6567

We know that the childcare protection services system does not adequately support parents who are in recovery and/or challenged with substance use disorder. We also know that we can improve the outcomes by providing support for parents that is needed through the grueling process of family separation and reunification. We don’t shy away from the pain and suffering of substance use disorder that affects a whole family, but first and foremost- recovery happens. And recovery happens for EVERYONE and ANYONE.

Our Recovery Coaches have been through the system- for better and for worse. With over 100 years of combined experience between the staff of the program in their recovery and childcare services, we have expert insight to the disease of addiction and the foster care system. We are best prepared to help mothers and fathers through their journey of recovery, self-sufficiency, and parenting in order to keep their families together after a case has been opened with childcare protection services.

Don’t delay- contact us at or 616-226-6567 right away.

About the Safe Passages program

The Safe Passages Mentoring Program provides Recovery Coach support to parents and families in order to increase family reunification rates within Kent County’s foster care system.

The Safe Passages Mentoring Program describes the role of Recovery Coaches metaphorically as the support provided during the Underground Railway. By helping parents escape the grip of addiction and move into the freedom of recovery, lives can be saved and families can be reunited.

The program involves strong partnerships between Recovery Allies, D.A. Blodgett – St. John’s, and all the foster care providers in Kent County.

For more information please contact us at or at 616-226-6567

Why is the Safe Passages program needed?

The foster care system in Michigan has grown significantly over the past 50 years despite numerous attempts to reform it. The Safe Passages mentoring program will address the main factor of the increases number of children and youth in the foster care system: untreated substance use disorder among parents.

The program’s focus is on the foster care system of Kent County. Currently, there are on average about 1,000 children in the local foster care system. These children and youth range from infants to 18 years old. There are approximately 450-500 parents in the Kent County foster care system as well, and at least 75% of these parents have either not received treatment for substance use disorder or have not received beneficial treatment.

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