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Foster children in the Detroit metropolitan area are benefitting from the For The Seventh Generation program that matches contributors with the individual needs of children and teens in state care.
“...donors are so
happy with their
participation in
the program that
they have exceeded
their original
committment and
developed an
on-going relationship
with the child
referred to them.”

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ONE HUNDRED YEARS FROM NOW, it will not matter what kind of car I drove, what kind
of house I lived in, how much money I had in the bank, nor what kind of clothes I wore.  But
the world may be a little better because I was important in the life of a child.
-Author unknown

Welcome

Thank you for your interest in the For the Seventh Generation program of the
Detroit Metropolitan Bar Association and its Foundation. Our goal is quite simple
– to support foster children in Metropolitan Detroit by providing them with the vital
services that the foster care system isn't equipped to provide.

What is Foster Care?

Michigan's foster care system serves children who have been removed from their
homes because of risk of (or actual) neglect or abuse. Metropolitan Detroit alone places
hundreds of children – from newborns to eighteen-year-olds – in foster care
every year. Metropolitan Detroit accounts for nearly forty percent of Michigan's foster-
youth caseload of  19,000 children.

Some of these foster children have never had a stable home. Many of them have
emotional, behavioral and medical problems. Volunteer foster parents are reimbursed
to provide the basics, like food and shelter, but there is no funding to provide foster
children with the additional things they need not just to survive, but to thrive.

For The Seventh Generation exists to make that vital difference for Metropolitan Detroit's
foster care children. Our program, which is a partnership between the DMBA, the
3rd Judicial Circuit Court and the Michigan Department of Human Services, supports
children currently in foster care or transitioning from care regardless of the nature
of the need, the professional who is identifying the need, or funding limitations.

A Unique, Low-Overhead Program Supporting Foster Children

How do we do it? We don't have an office and our staff is minimal. Instead of red tape
and paperwork, volunteer professionals like orthodontists, optometrists, counselors –
even music and dance instructors – are matched with individual foster children who
need their support via this website.

It can be as simple as one service to one child, one time per year.

In other words, we do not ask for a long-term commitment, but many of our volunteers
have been so happy with their experience that they have eagerly exceeded their ongoing
commitment and developed an ongoing relationship with “their” child – and recruited
other volunteers into the program.

Whether you are considering donating your time and talents to support the foster children
of our community or are a juvenile justice professional seeking additional support for a
child or family in need, we are committed to offering you the highest quality service we
can. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer or making a donation, please click
here to learn more. If you're a juvenile justice professional, visit this page to see how we
can help you support a child. And if you have further questions, please click here to be
taken to our FAQ page.

Like the child returning the starfish to the sea, For The Seventh Generation seeks
to save one child at a time. Together we can save many when each of us saves only one.
It is as simple as One Child – One Contribution – One Year.

Sincerely,
Lorraine H. Weber, JD
Executive Director

Detroit Metropolitan Bar Association Foundation Board of Trustees

Co-Chair
E. Christopher Johnson Jr.
General Motors – Legal Staff
dCo-Chair
James T. Heimbuch
Bodman, LLP
dSecretary Treasurer
Barbara A. Bowman
Bodman LLP

Ruben Acosta
Williams Acosta, PLLC

Margaret A. Costello
Dykema Gossett, PLLC

Henry Cooney
Plunkett Cooney

Richard L. Cunningham
Attorney at Law

Julia Donovan Darlow
University of Michigan Board of Regents

Lisa Sewell DeMoss
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan

Daniel Follis
Compuware Corp

Leonard D. Givens
Miller, Canfield, Paddock & Stone, PLC

Kevin I. Green
Masco Corporation

Honorable Denise Page Hood
US District Court - Eastern District of Michigan

Honorable Wade Harper McCree
Metropolitan Detroit Circuit Court, 3rd Circuit

John E. McSorley
Garan Lucow Miller PC

Honorable Beatrice Pennie Millender
36th District Court

Alison R. Nelson
Ford Motor Company

Alex Parrish
Honigman Miller Schwartz & Cohn LLP

Harold Pope
Jaffe, Raitt, Heuer & Weiss, PC

Kelly Ramsey
Chief Referee
3rd Circuit Court Family Division

Barbara J. Rom
Pepper Hamilton, LLP

Louis Theros
Dickinson Wright PLLC

Ricardo M. Villarosa
Wayne State University Law School

Ex-Officio
Douglas D. Hampton, DMBA President
Douglas D. Hampton & Associates

Steven J. Cernak, Chair VLP Committee
General Motors – Legal Staff

Christopher Gura, Barrister President
Abbott Nicholson Quilter Esshaki & Youngblood PC

Detroit Metropolitan Bar Association Board of Directors

dPresident
Douglas D. Hampton
Douglas D. Hampton & Associates, PC
dPresident Elect
John R. Runyan
Sachs Waldman, PC
dSecretary/Treasurer
Morley Witus
Barris Sott Denn & Driker, PLLC

Board Directors
Benjamin Jeffers, Barrister President
Dykema Gossett, PLLC

Carrie S. Bryant
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan

Donn Fresard
Metropolitan Detroit Prosecuting Attorney's Office

Lawrence Garcia
Allen Brothers

Elizabeth C. Jolliffe
Your Benchmark Coach

Matthew J. Lund
Pepper Hamilton, LLP

Hon. Renee R. McDuffee
36th District Court

Hon. Christopher M. Murray
Michigan Court of Appeals

Frances R. Ortiz
Dickinson Wright PLLC

James S. Rosenfeld
Butzel Long PC

Peter R. Tochman
Law Offices of Peter R. Tochman

Jerome R. Watson
Miller Canfield Paddock & Stone PLC

Vanessa Peterson Williams
R.L.Polk &Company

Barristers

Christopher R. Gura, Barrister President

Chandra Baker, Barrister Vice-President
Metropolitan Detroit Prosecutor's Office

Peter R. Tochman
Abbott Nicholson Quilter Esshaki & Youngblood PC

For the Seventh Generation Staff

dLorraine H. Weber
Executive Director
ED and DMBAF

Mitzy Sharp-Futro, ED, DMBA

Dawn R. Wolfe, Communications Specialist

Judy Hershkowitz, Administrative Support

For The Seventh Generation is a program of the Detroit Metropolitan Bar Association Foundation in cooperation with the 3rd Judicial Circuit of Michigan and the Michigan Department of Human Services in service of Metropolitan Detroit's foster children. The Detroit Metropolitan Bar Association Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization. Donations of cash and goods are tax deductible as provided by law.

1356 Penobscot Building 645 Griswold Street Detroit, MI 48226-4220 Phone: (313) 961-6120 ext. 206
Fax: (313) 965-0842 Email: 7thGen@detroitlawyer.org Website: www.fortheseventhgeneration.org