Family Services

Family Services at Wellspring

Safe children. Strengthened families.

Wellspring Lutheran Services is committed to preserving Michigan families by keeping children safe in their own homes. At Wellspring, we believe a family-centered approach is always the most effective way of reaching families during times of crisis.

Trust is a key part of the process of working with hurting families. Therefore, much of our work takes place in the homes of the families we serve. Our strength-based model is focused on highlighting what is being done right, and offering assistance in areas where we might see need for improvement.

Each one of the family preservation programs has wonderful success rates. Time and time again, we see families staying together and becoming stronger each day. And we know, too, because Wellspring has the most expansive family preservation program in Michigan.

If you want to learn more about ways to keep children safe and families strong, download the 2018 Prevention Resource Guide. The guide was developed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Children’s Bureau, Office on Child Abuse and Neglect, its Child Welfare Information Gateway, the FRIENDS National Center for Community-Based Child Abuse Prevention, and over 30 national prevention partners. 

Resource Guide


Families First

Wellspring Lutheran Services is the largest provider of Families First services in Michigan. This 28-day crisis intervention program is designed to work with families who have the highest safety risk due to the evidence of child abuse or neglect. This model is proven to be successful, and has more than a 95% success rate at the end of our 28-day intervention.

Family Reunification Program

This four- to six-month program is a key part of reunifying children with their biological families after they have been removed and placed in foster care. This ensures that families are safely reunited, and able to transition smoothly after being apart.

Families Together Building Solutions

This 90-day program is designed for families that have experienced abuse or neglect. This model is solution-focused, and concentrates on empowering families to find techniques that bring safety and peace into the home.

Family Support

Oftentimes, families need a little extra encouragement when learning how to parent and operate as a family unit. This program is for lower-risk families who need extra assistance navigating the difficult waters of being a parent.

Advanced Impact

This program at Wellspring Lutheran Services works with families to reduce the risk for child abuse and/or neglect so children are able to safely live in their own homes.