The Guiding Harbor Foster Care Program provides services to children birth through eighteen years of age. The program is designed to provide a nurturing setting for children who are either temporarily or permanently unable to return to their family of origin.
Girlstown, formerly known as Loch Rio, is the oldest and most well known program that Guiding Harbor offers, successfully serving over 500 adolescent females since inception.
Supervised Independent Living
Guiding Harbor’s Supervised Independent Living (SIL) Program is designed to assist young adults in developing independent living skills, enhancing educational / vocational and career choices while offering employment opportunities.
Young Adult Voluntary Foster Care Program
The Young Adult Voluntary Foster Care (YAVFC) Program is designed to assist young adults in developing independent living skills, enhancing educational / vocational and career choices while offering employment opportunities.
Welcome to Guiding Harbor
Formerly Girlstown Foundation
Guiding Harbor is a private, non-profit organization founded by the General Federation of Women’s Clubs, Michigan (GFWC-MI), that provides child caring and child placement services for abused and neglected children. Our services include: Foster Care, Supervised Independent Living and a Residential Program. Guiding Harbor is licensed by the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS).
Improve the quality of life for children and families
Guiding Harbor will educate each person placed in our care, teaching the life skills necessary to make wise decisions and to become a productive member of society.