Street Beat: Homes For The Holidays

This week on Street Beat, host Karen Carter looks at adoption and foster care programs that help find homes for children and animals.

Cassandra Thomas (Michigan Department of Health and Human Services) Heidi Raubenolt (Judson Center in Redford) (credit: JuWan Graham/CW50)

Cassandra Thomas (Michigan Department of Health and Human Services) Heidi Raubenolt (Judson Center in Redford) (credit: JuWan Graham/CW50)

First, Cassandra Thomas, a foster home licensing supervisor from Wayne County Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, and Heidi Raubenolt, the child welfare director at Judson Center in Redford, explain the need for foster care parents.

Jim Berkemeier & Erica Foster - Gift of Adoption Michigan Chapter (credit: JuWan Graham/CW50)

Jim Berkemeier & Erica Foster – Gift of Adoption Michigan Chapter (credit: JuWan Graham/CW50)

Then, Jim Berkemeier, the President of Gift of Adoption Michigan chapter, and Erica Foster, one of the board of directors, explain how this charity helps prospective parents fund adoptions.

Wilma Abney and Jackie Michaelson - Lighthouse of Oakland County (credit: JuWan Graham/CW50)

Wilma Abney and Jackie Michaelson – Lighthouse of Oakland County (credit: JuWan Graham/CW50)

Then, Wilma Abney, Chief Program Officer for Lighthouse of Oakland County, discusses the PATH program that leads families in need from homelessness to home.  She’s joined by volunteer Jackie Michaelson who is working on the Adopt a Family program.

Kristina Milman Rinaldi - Detroit Dog Rescue (credit: JuWan Graham/CW50)

Kristina Milman Rinaldi – Detroit Dog Rescue (credit: JuWan Graham/CW50)

Finally, Detroit Dog Rescue Executive Director Kristina Milman Rinaldi talks about saving homeless dogs and finding forever families for them.

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