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Blog 2017-06-12T17:49:41+00:00

Adoptive Family Support Groups

Adoptive Family Suppor Network 233 East Fulton St., Suite 108 Grand Rapids, MI 49503 616.458.7945 Chinese Culture Group of Greater Grand Rapids Website: http://www.ccgggr.org/ Email: webmaster@ccgggr.org Families for International Children Website: http://www.fficgr.org/ Box 2053 Grand Rapids, MI 49501 Jessica Lyons, President | Cathy Wood, Vice President Families with Children from China Website: http://www.fwcc.org/ GLOBA: Greater Lansing OURS by Adoption P.O. Box 25161 Lansing, MI 48909 Contact Mary Ann Kwast at 517.622.2055 [...]

Making Your Wait Count: Leaning Into Your Support System

Do you remember the TV game show “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire”?  It was a dramatic, trivia game with multiple choice questions leading to big cash prizes.  What made this game show unique was that the host provided three “helps” for the contestant to aid in the quest for millions.  Players could choose to eliminate half of the answers by selecting the 50/50, they [...]

Making Your Wait Count

Waiting for the phone call that connects you with a birth mother can feel like it's an eternity.  There are rewarding activities that you can focus on to help pass that time until you are united with your baby.   If you ask anyone who adopted they will normally tell you yes the wait was long but the end result was worth the wait ! We  have put together [...]

Safe Kids Coalition

Safe Kids Branch-Hillsdale-St. Joseph Counties Sponsoring Agency:  Branch-Hillsdale-St. Joseph Community Health Agency Website:  http://www.bhsj.org/healthpromo/safekids.htm Coalition Contact:  Mary Boyer-Proctor E-mail:  boyerm@bhsj.org Phone:  (517) 964-0073 Address:  20 Care Drive, Hillsdale, MI 49242 Serving:  Branch, Hillsdale and St. Joseph Counties Safe Kids Capital Area Sponsoring Agency:  Sparrow Hospital Website:  http://www.sparrow.org/car-seat-safety Coalition Contact:  Mickie Kreft E-mail:  Mickie.kreft@sparrow.org Phone:  (517) 364-3743 Address:  1215 E. Michigan Avenue, Lansing, MI  48909 [...]

Adoption Benefits Through Your Employer

Whether you are adopting domestically or internationally, now is the time to consider these issues: Are you eligible for 12 weeks of unpaid family leave under the FMLA? Are you eligible for paid or unpaid family leave under state law? How much and when can you take it? How many vacation, personal, or sick days have you accrued? Can you use those days however you [...]

Adoption Networking

Most adoptive parents understand some “adoption networking” on their behalf is important to their success, but what is adoption networking? Simply defined, “adoption networking” is the activities employed by prospective adopting couples to reach adoption-minded birth parents. Making a decision to actively seek a birth mother increases your chance of placement and may decrease the time you wait to bring a child home. You can [...]

Preparing Your Hospital Plan

One of the most important responsibility for Adoption Associates pregnancy counselors are to help pregnant women plan for their hospital experience. This is a very important time and work through many questions with birth mothers prior to delivery: Who do you want to be in the labor and delivery room with you?  Do you want the family who is adopting your baby to be in the room? Do you want to see [...]

Reserve your seat now for our Spring Gala!

The Uniting Hearts / Creating Families Annual Spring Fundraising Gala will be held Friday, April 28, 2017, at Meadowbrook Country Club, 40941 W. 8 Mile Road, Northville, Michigan. Doors open at 6:00 pm with a silent auction and progressive dining stations. Dessert will be served and there will be a brief program at 7:30 pm. Auction winners will be announced at 8:00 pm. We are looking [...]

Questions to Ask Yourself when Selecting an Adoptive Family for your Child

When I close my eyes what do I envision the best family for my child to look like? Every birth mom has a family picture in her mind of what she thinks the perfect family for her unborn child will look like, do for a living, and how they will raise her child. Be honest about what you think they are like, which ideals are [...]

NEWS, ANNOUNCEMENTS and EVENTS

Reserve your seat NOW for the Fall Fundraising Gala on October 21, 2017! Click here for details, and email Kendra with your reservation!