Open Arms Adoption and Foster Care Support Group

We provide a Christ-centered support group for families involved in foster care and adoption or are considering either. We hope to be an encouragement and support to each family, no matter their story or circumstances. We meet on the Second Wednesday of every month from September to June at Brightmoor Christian Church, from 7-8:30pm in Room 100 & 101. Email for more information. We have many resources available to adoptive and foster families.


We provide baby items, supplies, and clothing for children, ages 0-12.  We serve children who are involved in Safe Families for Children and foster care, as well as families who are in need within our community.  We are located in Walled Lake, MI.  Email for more information.

Life Skills Classes

We assess every youth that enters our SIL program using either the Casey Life Skills Assessment or the Daniel Memorial Life Skills Assessments. We prepare individualized plans for each youth and work individually in order to meet all their goals and objectives through formal Life Skills classes, informal Life Skills sessions, and daily life experiences and opportunities. Our team and volunteer staff have received training on implementing classes that will address the needs of the youth in our programs.


Mission 1:17 is currently providing mentoring connections for the young men involved in our SIL program. We also plan to develop and implement a mentoring program that will address the needs of children in the foster care system, ages 12 and up. You can find our Volunteer Applications here.

Semi-Independent Living

Mission 1:17 currently has one home in Southfield that provides SIL housing to four young men between the ages of 16-21. It is our plan to provide housing for many more youth aging-out of the foster care system as our organization grows. Through our strategic connections with the community and the church we are able to provide an individualized plan for each youth that enters our program. The youth can be referred to the program by their foster care caseworkers.