Adoption - Livonia,MI

Updated on December 18, 2008
T.M. asks from Livonia, MI
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My husband and I are looking to adopt, and wondering if anybody knows of a good adoption agency. We are planning on adopting through the state. From what I have read we the first thing is to get a homestudy done. But I would like to go somewhere that people have had good experiences with, also a place where they are on top of things wou;d be nice. The sooner the better.

UPDATE I just wanted to answer some of the questions people had. We want to adopt a child that is in foster care through the state right now, like the kids on MARE. Race doesnt really matter, whoever God lays on our hearts.

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C.K.

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We began a homestudy through Adotpion Associates. We didn't finishg though as we found out we were expecting and agency guidelines were to wait until the youngest in the home is a certain age. They were wonderful though, very kind and thorough! Hope that helps!

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J.P.

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My mother and my aunt were both adopted through wayne county catholic services. They both applied for passports recently and WCCS worked wonders with helping them get papers with their incomplete birth certificates due to birth mothers lack of info. I also had a friend in high school put a baby up for adoption though Oakland County Catholic Services and she had a wonderful experience as a birth mother. Hope that helps!!

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K.H.

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Hi T., My name is K. and I'm a Christian too.
Recently, I attended a Inservice at Compassion Pregnancy Center of Macomb. The Inservice was on Adoption. Two
workers of Christian Family Services were the speakers.
They had two families that adopted thru Christian Family Services(Southfield, Mi) Both of these lovely families could not say enough of the wonderful experience they had as they adopted their children. The phone # of this Adoption Agency is ###-###-####. I pray the Lord leads and guides you as you increase your family. May he richly bless you.
Have a Merry Christmas and blessed New Year. K.

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S.D.

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Bethany Christian Services is a wonderful agency! They have been doing adoption for a long time and are very professional. We are working with them right now for international adoption. We also have a foster child in our home through Bethany. God's blessings as you pursue adoption!
S.

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M.V.

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Congrats on your decision to adopt. My husband and I adopted our miracle child about a year and a half ago through Catholic Social Services now called Catholic Charities. I'm not sure what area you live in but I will tell you do not go through the Grand Rapids office. They were very horrible, unprofessional, and have had a huge turn over of staff. Myself along with at least 3 other couples left them. We moved to the Muskegon office even though we live in Grand Rapids. I can't say enough wonderful things about them. (We are christian too but really liked CSS) I wouldn't recommend Bethany. They lost our 1st check and they were very rude to a friend of ours. They told her since she was overweight she wouldn't be able to adopt. Very rude especially since she wasn't that overweight. Friends of ours went through Adoption Associates whuch they love but they are alot more costly. We were quoted just under $10,000 and our friends were quoted $19,000 through Adoption Assoc.. Depending on what type of child you are open to such as race will depend alot on how quick you are placed. Most agencies work now that the birth parent chooses the adoptive parent. Good luck and feel free to contact me if you would like any further info.

***The whole process took us about 6 months from beginning to end for the paperwork and homestudy to be completed.

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S.S.

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Yeah! I love to respond to these questions!

We used Adoption Associates. They are Michigan's largest infant adoption agency (that's what they say any way!). Our experience was wonderful. We adopted thru Russia. If you want to chat, I'm game!

It was 10 years ago this week that we got to see our boy's beautiful face for the first time! Go God!

S.
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N.W.

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Bethany Christain services and DA Blodgett are both good agency's. If your open to it fostering probably will fast track you an adoption. Not guarteed but your foster child may need a new home long term. You can pick age groups and siblings and pick long term or short term (long term 6 mon- long or short 1-3 I think. Good Luck.

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S.S.

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Hi T.,
I am not sure if you are still looking for an agency, but we apodted internationally with Adoption Associates in Farmington Hills. They were wonderful and they also do domestic adoptions.

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A.D.

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We used Bethany Christian Services-Madison Heights office for our homestudy agency. We were very happy with them.

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A.F.

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Hi T.,

I think that's one of the best things to do in life and I commend you on such a big decision. I actually know a few people who have adopted. However, they chose to go through foster-parenting first. I'm sure whatever you do will be the best decision, just be careful in doing so.

I know it'll all work out.

Take care,

A

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C.S.

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I used to work for and some of my family as well as friends have adopted through Bethany Christian Services. I'm not sure where you live, but they are located nationwide. They are a Christian organization and I would HIGHLY recommend them. I only quit working for them because I was able to stay home with our own children, but I would work for them again in a minute. I worked in both the foster care and adoption aspects at Bethany Christian Services and could not think of a better agency to go through for an adoption. If my husband and I ever decide to do foster care or adopt, they are who I would want to work with.

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L.P.

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Hi T.. There is a very good adoption agency right here in Midland. The organization is called Adoption Option Inc. and you can read about the organization and get the contact information at the following link:
http://www.adoptionoptioninc.org/

May God continually bless you and your husband in this endeavor!

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R.M.

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Hi T.
My husband and I have been trying to adopt domestically for almost 2 years now. Our agency is Adoption Associates. They have several locations throughout the state. We chose them because of personal recommendations and because they do the most domestic adoptions yearly in the state. There are other agency's you can choose. Bethany Christian is one with a Christian focus, also Catholic Social Services.

I believe with most agencies, you need to first attend an information meeting and fill out an initial application. Then you will be assigned a case worker & start your homestudy. The homestudy is not tough, just a bit time consuming.

Before you do this though, I would really examine what your goals are. Do you really want an infant? Do you long to have another baby to hold? Does it matter what race the baby is? Or do you really feel there is enough room in your home and in your hearts to give a child a home who does not have one? The reason i ask is because there are different ways through which you can adopt. The average time frame for a caucasain baby right now is 18-24 months. When we started this, they told us 12-18 months. They say that for every baby placed for adoption, there are about 100 families waiting to adopt that baby.

If an infant is what you want then I would suggest a few things. Get started soon with a good agency. You may want to be open to going outside the state. There are many other websites with parent profiles and free national lists that you can take part in. If money is no object then you may want to consider a larger national agency like Adoption Network Law Center. They claim to have an average 9-12 month wait. very expensive though!

Another option is to adopt through foster care. This is something DH and I are considering. Truly you would be giving a home and family to a child who needs one. You could still possibly get an infant but a little less likely. For this you need to become foster parents first.

My biggest piece of advice is to have patience. I never dreamed We would still be waiting almost 2 years later, but here we are. I don't mean to discourage you. I think adoption is a great thing and a wonderful way to add to your family. call around to several agencies. They will all send you a packet of information, then go to the information meetings. You will learn a lot through that.

Good luck to you. I hope everything works well for you. I would be happy to talk with you further if you like. I really wish I had someone to tell me the ins and outs at first. Feel free to e-mail, [email protected]____.com
R.

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L.R.

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I adopted my now almost 14 month old at two days from the Adoption Centre of Kansas (my hubby and I DO NOT like michigan laws regarding finalization of adoption), if you wanted to adopt a new born I would say use them ( they are costly, but Kansas has some of the best adoption laws in the country). I would say since you want to get a child through foster care try, Oakland Family Services in Pontiac, Catholic Family Services in Royal Oak, Moringstar is another great agency that friends have used. You have lots of choices with foster care.

Good for you. Bless your heart for being such an open and caring person.

I would have to say I have heard GREAT things about Bethany Christian Services and NOT SO GREAT, BUT they are not all good christians there because they are CHOOSY about who they let adopt. I would say make sure you do your research with what every agency you choose.

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S.H.

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what area do you live? Do you want a newborn, or would you be willing to adopt a child in foster care whose parents rights were terminated and they are waiting for someone to adopt them?

T.M.

answers from Lansing on

My husband and I have adopted two children who were foster kids and absolutely everything was arranged though and by our local Department of Human Services. They did the home study, etc., etc. Good luck! and good for you for wanting to adopt because there are many wonderful children who need good homes.

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J.H.

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We adopted through Bethany Christian Services. We did international adoption after investigating several agencies and programs.
It is time consuming process so get started soon. Many agencies have preseminars to attend to gather information. Start calling agencies and see what your feelings are. We went to several of the seminars and knew which agency God was calling us to.
The Blessings you receive are worth the process!

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J.B.

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My friend, Amy Zauel, works for Family Adoption Consultants. Their website is http://www.facadopt.org/ Amy is super wonderful and their agency is very effective and the time to get complete the adoption agency is quicker, in some cases you can adopt in shorter than 9 months after the paperwork/homestudy is done.

Bethany Christian services is more Christian in nature and I've heard good things about them. I know that as a volunteer at a crisis preg. center we HIGHLY recommended them.

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