Talking About Adoption

Start thinking now about talking to your children about adoption. Adoption stories aren’t always fairy tales. Sometimes birth parents make adoption plans because of difficult circumstances - substance abuse, rape, neglect or criminal activity. Often adoptive parents feel helpless about how to positively convey a difficult story to their child. We all want our children to have the best in this world and work very [...]

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: Email: Families for International Children Website: Box 2053 Grand Rapids, MI 49501 Jessica Lyons, President | Cathy Wood, Vice President Families with Children from China Website: 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: Coalition Contact:  Mary Boyer-Proctor E-mail: 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: Coalition Contact:  Mickie Kreft E-mail: 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 [...]

Thinking about adopting?

If you have been thinking about adopting, we would love to talk with you about the most precious babies who deserve the opportunities that come with a loving family. The need is great for families who are open to adopting babies of any race, babies who have been drug-exposed, and babies with a family history of mental health issues. Whenever we have an expectant mother ready to consider [...]

Please Help Save International Adoption

Last year, the Department of State (DOS) hosted a conference for 100 adoption service providers, “to learn more about the needs of the adoption community, and to discuss [our] new intercountry adoption strategy,” a DOS report reads. Chuck Johnson, president of the National Council for Adoption, was present at that conference. “We were delighted to hear that they were considering country-specific solutions. Until now, the U.S. has [...]

Adoption Support Group for Children

Hands Across the Water is starting an adoption support group for children ages 7-11 who have been adopted either internationally or domestically. The group will run from November 7 through December 12, from 6:30 - 8:00pm. There is a $20 fee to cover the cost of snacks/crafts. Interested families may register at:


Attend the next Domestic Adoption Awareness meeting. Check our event calendar for dates and times.