Big Family of Michigan

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

Serving Foster Children Since 2001

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.


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Annual Golf Fundraiser 2024

  • Location: Fern Hill Golf Club 
  • Date: Sunday, June 2, 2024; 8am registration; 9am shot gun start!
  • $110. per golfer or $400. for team of four
  • Golf includes continental breakfast, hot dogs on the turn, and BBQ Dinner with beer and wine
  • Prizes for 1st & 2nd Place Teams
  • Pay here on site or contact Sharon for payment at 586.260.6700 (pay via Cricket, no fee)
  • Hole Sponsorship - $200.
  • Dinner with Beer/Wine only, $50., contact Sharon

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