If you are interested in adopting a child from the foster care system, we are able to facilitate those adoptions. Usually children in the foster care system are older (age 8 and above) so if you are looking to adopt an infant through Adoption Options Worldwide, please review our Domestic Infant information.
As an agency, we focus solely on adoption. We do not license foster parents although many of the same forms used with adoptive parents are used with foster parents.
The first step to proceeding with any adoption is the home study process. This is a written report prepared by a social worker and is a required document whether you are adopting domestically or internationally. Your home study is an overview of your past and present lifestyle. We will also explore your beliefs and feelings about parenting and adoption. We will discuss your motivation to adopt and the strengths of your relationship and home. Two visits are required to complete the home study. One visit must be in the home and the second visit may be at a location to be determined by you and your social worker. All members of the family will be interviewed, including children. A recommendation will be made by the social worker, with your input, as to race, gender, age and number of children desired. Your home study is valid for one year.
There is no agency fee to adopt state ward children to the adoptive parents. In most cases, the state of Michigan will reimburse for any expenses incurred to adopt from foster care. In addition, there is usually an adoption subsidy paid to adoptive parents until the child reaches 18 years old.
If you are interested in adopting an older child, please contact us. If you would like to see children available in the state of Michigan for adoption, please visit www.mare.org.