First Call for Help (989) 835-2211

Family & Children's Services (989) 631-5390

Department of Human Services (989) 835-7040

Ten Sixteen Recovery Network (help with Drug Addiction & Gambling) 835-3466

Midland County Summer Food Service Program

Innerlink Runaway and Homeless Youth Shelter Bay City 989-895-5563 or Saginaw 989-755-0937

Innerlink Transitional Living Program 989-755-0937

Pregnancy Resource Center (989) 835-1500
Pregnancy testing, options counseling, community referrals and more

Pre and Post Natal Services
Family and Children's Services Offers counseling, adoption and referral services


The Open Door (989) 835-2291

Midland Area Homes (989) 496-9550

Good Samaritan (989) 893-5973

House of Mercy Shelter (women only) (989) 631-2346

Shelterhouse (women only) (989) 835-6771

Some Tips for Parents:

Be generous with praise

Observe your child carefully and comment on the things that are done well. When you see an area that needs improvement, find a positive way to talk about it with your child.

Encourage "personal best"

Help your child by encouraging him or her to do the best in school and at home. Remember, "personal best" does not mean "perfect", and learning is not the same as high grades. Children, like adults, need the freedom to make mistakes and to learn from them.

Make Learning a Priority

Your attitude toward school attendance, education and involvement in the school makes a strong and lasting impression on your child. Show your child, by example, that learning is a priority.

Show Interest in School Work

  • Talk about school each day.
  • Ask to see classwork.
  • Have your child read aloud to you.
  • Read to and with your child from a variety of material in your first language.
  • Encourage your child to discuss new ideas and pinions.
  • Show appreciation for good efforts.

Offer Suggestions for Success

Help your child use the following strategies to improve performance in school:

  • Read the assignment when it is given.
  • Keep a list of new vocabulary.
  • Proofread assignments to catch errors before writing a final draft.
  • Review notes before a test.

Schedule Study Time

Set up an area for homework away from noise and distractions. Post a family calendar that schedules school project deadlines, after-school activities, mid-term dates, exam periods and report card dates.

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