Big Family of Michigan

It’s all about the kids and the kids are essential

Serving children in Michigan for 20 years.

Our Mission

Big Family of Michigan

Our Mission

Big Family of Michigan supports and serves the needs of foster children, institutionalized children and grandchildren raised by their grandparents.

Our Vision

Big Family of Michigan

Our Vision

Our vision has allowed us to expand our outreach to 45 of the 83 counties in Michigan providing services and support to foster children and their foster family and grandchildren being raised by their grandparents.  In Michigan, there are more grandparents raising grandchildren than there are foster children.  The services for this sector are deficient, as often these families do not qualify for any assistance.  Our vision is to ensure that all foster children and children raised by their grandparents are not overlooked or forgotten

Big Family of Michigan is a Michigan based, grassroots 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization that supports and serves the needs of foster children, abused children, institutionalized children and grandchildren being raised by grandparents from infancy through the age of 23 and there is never a cost to children or their caregiver(s).

How we make a difference

What We Do

How we make a difference

We have multiple programs and volunteer opportunities so each individual or group can select the right fit for them.

Host an event

Support kids aging out of the foster program (ages 17-23)

Help out at the warehouse – Everything from sorting clothes, wrapping gifts and taking inventory. Lots to do, so few hands.

Shop on-line at Amazon – fulfill wish list requests

Our Achievements

By the Numbers

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foster kids in Michigan


grandkids being raised by grandparents


children received Christmas presents in 2022

2022 To Date

How it Started

Jeanne's Story

The passion behind Big Family of Michigan started nearly 60 years ago in an abusive home, where at a very young age, Jeanne Fowler and her brother Peter experienced a horrific childhood. Beaten and tortured daily, the two clung to each other as their sole source of love and reason for living. Unfortunately, that bond was broken when Peter, age three, was beaten to death at the hands of their mother.

Peter’s short-lived life is what motivated Jeanne Fowler to stop child abuse and improve the lives of children in foster care so that they never have to experience a childhood like hers.

You can be a part of this change. Volunteer today.


Join Us

Upcoming Events

Events nearby


Big Family Annual Golf Outing


We will once again be taking on Fern Hill for a wonderful day of golfing, continental breakfast, hot dogs on the turn, a great dinner with beer and wine, 50/50 raffle, raffle baskets and more.

Prices - $100. per golfer or $360. per foursome.  Dinner only with open bar, $35.    Make sure you include your name and email address and you will then receive a thank-you and confirmation.

Please sign up early to secure your place!  Registration starts at 8:00 am and tee off is at 9:00 sharp!

Fern Hill is located at 17600 Clinton River Road, Clinton Township 48038.


Big Family Annual Dinner

Our Annual Dinner will take place a Zucarro's on Thursday, October 26, 2023.  Tickets available starting July 1.  Details to come soon!

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