Lutheran Social Services Names VP of Children & Family Services


DETROIT — Lutheran Social Services of Michigan has named Sean de Four as the vice president, Children and Family Services.

“I am honored to assume such a prestigious and impactful position,” says de Four, a Farmington Hills resident. He will be working out of the Detroit office on Jefferson Avenue. “As part of such a strategic and talented team, I know the work I do will have far-reaching impact, improving the lives of Michigan families for generations to come.”

This position provides overall leadership, management, and administration of LSSM’ statewide foster care, adoption, refugee, and outreach-related services. de Four has worked with children and families for more than 14 years, bringing a strong background in behavioral health and child welfare services with a specialty in family preservation.

de Four has held several previous child welfare and administrative positions, including serving as the vice president of Organizational Effectiveness (where he was responsible for human resources, administration, advocacy and oversight of informational systems) and chief operating officer (leading the alignment of senior management with strategic planning and operations management), for Judson Center Inc., a nonprofit agency based in Royal Oak.

“I am excited to welcome Sean to the executive team at Lutheran Social Services of Michigan,” says Vickie Thompson-Sandy, chief service officer. “He offers both expertise in managing the services to children and their families as well as strategic vision to produce the best impact possible to families and communities.”

 Lutheran Social Services of Michigan is dedicated to creating communities of service that meet the needs of people, upholding human dignity, advocating equality and justice. Established in 1934, Lutheran Social Services of Michigan serves the Lower Peninsula of Michigan with more than 70 programs in 44 cities. Lutheran Social Services provides a wide variety of services for children and families, senior adults, refugees and persons with disabilities. Lutheran Social Services of Michigan serves all persons, regardless of race, religion or national origin.  For information, visit