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Located in Lansing, Michigan, Child and Family Charities began as an agency focused on providing support to single mothers and adoption services for abandoned children. It has since grown to offer a variety of care option to at-risk youth and their families. Adolescents struggling with mental health and substance abuse disorders are treated through individual therapy. Each of these sessions is led by licensed professionals. The facility can also accommodate transportation challenges.

Treatment and Staff

Substance abuse and mental health treatment is available to those between the ages of 10 and 24. The process begins with an initial assessment to determine a proper level of care. From the assessment, each client is matched with a counselor who can help them develop an individualized treatment plan. Medication management is not available on-site but referrals can be made upon request.

All treatment takes place in an individual setting for about an hour at a time. Each client’s plan varies, though a typical schedule consists of two individual therapy sessions a week. Topics discussed often include co-occurring disorders, relapse prevention, depression, anxiety, family expectations and at-home or in-school stress. Along with individual sessions, family members are highly encouraged to take part in each client’s treatment by scheduling family therapy as needed. While participation in a 12-step program is not required, staff members provide meetings directories to AA/NA meetings in the community for those who are interested.

Staff members at Child and Family Charities include LADCs, LPCs and LMSWs that are trained in evidence-based modalities like CBT and DBT.


In addition to mental health and substance abuse support, Child and Family Charities provides Child Abuse Prevention Services (CAPS), which includes a family growth center where families can learn tools to establish healthy relationships with their children. Outreach services are also available for parents on Medicaid, public institutions and other organizations.

Foster Care Supportive Visitation includes a variety of services to families whose children are in foster care. Parents can engage in parenting education and are offered feedback on their interactions with their kids.

The Child Welfare division provides foster care and adoption support. In hopes of securing the adoption process, Child and Family Centers offers counseling, orientation, pre-placement assessments and post-placement supervision to families who want to adopt.

Gateway Youth Services recently merged with Child and Family Charities to build on its programs for homeless, runaway and street youths between the ages of 12 and 20. Youth community members have access to a 24-hour crisis hotline and a myriad of shelter services. Through these programs, adolescents are provided with supervised housing, basic care needs, educational support and counseling. Programs include the Street Outreach Program, Higher Ground, Crossroads and an LGBTQ support group called Teens Respecting and Understanding Each Other (TRUE). Juvenile Justice support is available through the Ingham Teen Court and the Truancy Reduction Program.

Finally, Child and Family Charities has Angel House, a referral-based residential program for pregnant and parenting teenage girls between the ages of 13 and 17. The facility is located in Mason, Michigan and provides nine to 12 months of supportive housing to reduce the possible risks of teenage parenting. Residents are offered therapy, life skills training and transitional services.

In Summary

Overall, Child and Family Charities is an agency that seeks to help at-risk youth and their families through structured programs and outreach services. Though substance abuse treatment is not its primary focus, young people can still receive intimate support for chemical dependency along with a slew of other issues.

Child and Family Charities Location

Child and Family Charities
4297 Five Oaks Dr
Lansing, MI 48911

Child and Family Charities Cost

Sliding scale. Reach Child and Family Charities by phone at (517) 882-4000. Find Child and Family Charities on Facebook

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