Placing Your Child For Adoption

When you choose to place your child for adoption, you give them the ultimate gift – the chance to be loved and cared for in circumstances you are unable to provide at this time in your life.

Maybe you just found out you're pregnant and are considering your options. Maybe you've been thinking for a long time about placing your child for adoption and are ready to take the next step. No matter where you're at in the adoption process or how you arrived at the decision to place your child for adoption, we want to help you make the best choices for yourself and your child. Call us today.

Get in touch!

(231) 946-8975 ext. 1034

If you have ANY questions or would like to schedule an informational appointment, please contact Lisa Wisniewski, Adoption Supervisor. We strive to return calls and answer emails within 24 hours.

Pregnancy Support

Are you pregnant and need help? You might consider Child & Family Services' Pregnancy Support where you can talk with a counselor for free. We understand that life doesn't always go as planned. When it doesn't, we're here to provide unbiased support and guidance as you make difficult decisions about your pregnancy.

Visit or call (231) 946-8975 to learn more.

Who Can Adopt My Child?

Adoptive parents come in all shapes and sizes, just like the children they care for. Adoptive families are very carefully screened and receive extensive training to prepare them for the difficult job of parenting.

Ultimately, the decision is YOURS to make. Hopeful adoptive parents create a portfolio that contains information, photos, and letters that will help you get to know them better. After you find a family or families you like, we'll schedule interviews so you can meet the family in person.

You probably know an adoptive family. They may be your neighbors, friends, coworkers, or kids at your children’s school. Adoptive parents may be married or single; they may be childless or have a child living at home. Some are parenting their relative's children–nieces, nephews, or grandchildren.

Being an adoptive parent requires a natural love of children and an ability to set guidelines, provide direction, and work with CFS staff as part of a treatment team. Stamina, a healthy attitude, and special skills are all important requirements of adoptive parenting.

Couples and single adults over age 18 with good character and a safe and stable home may be eligible to become foster or adoptive parents. Prospective adoptive parents come from all walks of life. They may rent or own their own homes. They may devote their time to caring for their children, work at home, or work outside the home.

At Child & Family Services, we believe there is a perfect family for every child. While it is important that adoptive parents can provide a safe and stable environment, we do not discriminate because of race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, political beliefs, or disability.

Will I Ever See My Child Again?

At Child & Family Services, we believe in open adoption, the notion that birth parents and adoptive parents choose some level of contact between them – whatever is most comfortable.  Research shows that adopted children who have this contact with their birth family through open adoption are less depressed, more open and comfortable with themselves and others, and healthier in that they have access to important medical information.

What is the Adoption Process Like?

Legal paperwork and court processing are handled by Child & Family Services, for both the birth parents and the adoptive family. Prospective adoptive parents meet with our staff and undergo a background check, attend training classes, compile a family book to be reviewed by birth parents, and receive a home study. Then, birth parents work to select an adoptive family with the adoption team. We work with everyone involved as long as necessary for new adjustments and healing to take place. Adoptive families who are selected may go through pregnancy with the birth mother, if they choose.

The CFS Difference

We have provided adoption services to northwestern Michigan since 1937 – when children were delivered to their adoptive homes in baskets settled next to volunteers in the front seats of their cars!  Although the process looks much different now, we remain dedicated to helping children and families thrive.

Our staff is here to help.  We work as a team to ensure the children and parents we serve have the best experience possible. We strive to be respectful of your wishes and beliefs, considerate of your time, and helpful throughout the entire process.

Experience matters. Child & Family Services has provided foster care and adoption to northwestern Michigan for 80 years.  We are proud of our rich history and reputation for excellence in service. Over the years, we have helped create hundreds of forever families.

As a nonprofit organization, we are mission driven and genuinely care about the children and families we serve. Our staff is compassionate and knowledgeable, so they can let you know exactly what to expect during the adoptive process and beyond.

At Third Level, a program of Child & Family Services, trained counselors are available 24/7 in person, online, and by phone. Call (231) 922-4800 or (800) 442-7315 any time, any day, for help with any thing.

An Adoption Story

Mark Haworth had always wanted to adopt, but was nervous about the possibility. How will I explain this to the child, he wondered. Will the birth parents remain in the child’s life? How will that work?

Mark found CFS online and scheduled an interview. “The caseworkers met with us and a comfort soon began,” Mark recalls.  He attended an orientation session where he heard first-hand experiences from other adoptive parents and was able to ask questions. After learning more about the adoption process, Mark made the decision to adopt through CFS and the search began.

Mark instantly connected with the first birth mother he met and they began to build a relationship. In the end, the birth mother decided to keep the child, “but after we had come to know her, we realized it was the best decision for all of us.” And the search continued.

Soon, with CFS’ help, Mark found the “perfect match”. On June 30, 2005, Willow was born and a short time later was adopted into her forever family. “She has been a joy, a delight, and has had the same sweet personality for almost 11 years. CFS provided a loving and caring environment for everyone involved.” Willow lives with her dad, Mark, and his wife, Ginger. “She is a loving stepmother who Willow adores and is always giving her hugs and kisses.”

Some of the questions Mark had initially have been answered. Nicole, Willow’s birth mother, did in fact remain in their life, and it has been an extremely positive experience. She visits frequently and they even have slumber parties. “When she stays over, they share a room together and I am sure they share many stories. Huge smiles all around!” says Mark.

CFS has provided adoption services to northwestern Michigan since 1937 – when children were delivered to their adoptive homes in baskets settled next to volunteers in the front seats of their cars! Although the process looks quite different now, the same dedication and passion for helping our community’s most vulnerable continues at CFS today. If you want to know more, please call us today.

Traverse City: (231) 946-8975
Petoskey/Harbor Springs: (231) 347-4463