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Finding forever families

Many things can lead a child to adoption, just as there are many reasons one chooses to be an adoptive parent.

Some people adopt a child because they want to be parents but are dealing with infertility or they don't have a partner. Some adopt because of religious reasons, environmental concerns, or pregnancy complications. Some just want to help a child in need.

No matter your reason, we'd love to talk with you about adoption. We're here to explain the adoption process, answer any questions you may have about adoption, and prepare you to be the best adoptive parent you can be.

Call us today, we're here to help.

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When the rights of birth parents are terminated, Child & Family Services turns to adoption as the path to permanency. We strive to facilitate good matches between children and prospective adoptive parents, and have created hundreds of "forever families" since our beginning in 1937.

Children who are adopted from foster care are often (but not always) older kids, members of minority ethnicities, or part of sibling groups. It's thought that each of these factors may make the children harder to place.  


At any given time up to 600 Michigan children are waiting for an adoptive family. Last year, CFS completed 60 adoptions.  CFS currently has several children waiting to be adopted. More information about these children looking for forever homes is listed below. To learn more about adoption, please call our office or fill out the form below. 

Foster to Adopt

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 birth families 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.

Legal paperwork and court processing are handled by our agency for both the birth parents and adoptive family. Prospective adoptive parents meet with our staff, attend training classes, compile a family book to be reviewed by birth parents, and receive a home study. 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. Couples with good moral character and safe, stable homes are eligible to become adoptive parents. 


Free pregnancy support is available to individuals and families experiencing unexpected pregnancies. 

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CFS kids waiting for homes

MARE is an information and referral service for prospective adoptive parents interested in adopting children from the foster care system. The MARE website provides a photolisting of waiting Michigan children and of Michigan families interested in adopting children with special needs. The child listings are updated throughout the week and families may inquire on waiting children through our website.

Please visit the MARE website to see children in Michigan waiting for adoptive families. We have two kids we work with who are looking for forever homes.

Check out their details below:

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Traverse City Office 231-946-8975

Harbor Springs Office 231-347-4463

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