about us

Who we are & what we do

Since 2017

Serving Foster and Adoptive Families

In 2015, the Department of Health and Human Services reached out to Sheila Barnaby and asked her if she would like to purchase items for a child at Christmas. The next year, she went back to them to find out if there is a way that she could help with that Christmas program that she had participated in the year before. It turned out that it had not actually been a program, instead it was just one employee that made sure that all the kids had something to open on Christmas. Sheila was not satisfied with that answer and went on to create Fostering Joy, a program that matches a sponsor from the community to a child in foster care.

Fostering Joy was a success, there was great excitement from the community, so Sheila used that momentum. She had a Back to School shoe drive as well as a


diaper and wipe drive. In September of 2016, Sheila received a message from the Foster Closet of Michigan, they had seen what she was doing and suggested that she join them and open a foster closet in Gratiot County. Within a week, the St Louis First Church of God had offered a space, and the Gratiot Branch of the foster closet was opened. Joining the Foster Closet of Michigan gave the benefit of being a 501(c)3.

Over the next year, the Foster Closet continued to grow. It became clear that being a part of a state wide organization was not in the best interest of the community. With the blessing of the Foster Closet of Michigan, Sheila compiled a local board of directors and applied to become an independent 501(c)3. In November, the Mid Michigan Foster and Adoptive Coalition was created.


MMFAC by the Numbers


Fostering Joy Event

Children served

Individual family meetings

children sponsored by


What Drives Us

Our Mission

The mission of Mid Michigan Foster and Adoptive Coalition is to provide support, resources, services, and aid to current and intended foster and adoptive families. The largest program is the Gratiot County Foster Closet which still annually has Fostering Joy to provide Christmas gifts, Back to School to provide fall essentials, and other events throughout the year to help support the foster children/families.


Sheila Barnaby

Dear Friends,

As 2018 comes to a close, Mid Michigan Foster and Adoptive Coalition has much to report. We are completing our first full year as an independently run organization. We’ve been working feverishly to find new and innovative ways to help improve the resources that we provide to our foster and adoptive families.

We were able to reach a record number of children and families this year, and look to continue that into the future. We are excited as we move into 2019 to be able to move forward with some great programming ideas to help our community.

My deepest thanks to all of you who contributed this year, as participants, committee members, donors, or volunteers. Know, that I truly understand that our successes would not have been possible without your efforts. As Executive Director and member of a remarkable Board of Directors, my hope is Mid Michigan Foster and Adoptive continues to find ways to help this great community soar.

Believe with me, that the best is yet to come!!!

Thank you for believing in our mission and helping us reach our milestones. We will continue to build up foster children in some of the hardest days of their lives.


Board of Directors

Heidi barnaby


Michelle Zombeck

Vice President

Sarah Foster


Sara Bonacci



Board Member

Cathy hanley

Board Member


Board Member

Laura Karr

Board Member

Jennifer Leppien

Board Member

Jeffrey Naessens

Board Member

Andi Whitmore

Board Member

Phone & Email


Open Hours

Thursdays by appointment only.


520 Olive St
St. Louis, MI 48880

Mailing Address

PO Box 42
Ithaca, MI 48847