Michigan post-adoption support

Below are post-adoption support services available to families who live in Michigan. Services may not be available in all areas and/or may be dependent upon the circumstances of the placement. Please check with your post-adoption services provider about the availability of specific post-adoption or guardianship support services for your family. You can also visit Child Welfare Information Gateway for information on Adoption and Guardianship Assistance, as well as additional information on post-adoption support

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Post-adoption support services

In Michigan, adoptive and guardianship families have access to the following services through a post-adoption support program:

  • Child/youth assessment of needs and strengths 
  • Information (websites, fact sheets, articles, etc.) 
  • Navigation, advocacy, referral to services 
  • Training/other development 
  • Birth family mediation and/or adoption search 
  • Peer support for parents
  • Peer support for children/teens
  • Mentoring for parents 
  • Mentoring for children/teens 
  • Case management 
  • Education support/advocacy
  • Respite 
  • Camps, retreats, events
  • Financial/material support
  • Community-based therapeutic services
  • In-home therapeutic services
  • Residential therapeutic services
  • Crisis intervention

Who is eligible for these services?

  • Families who have adopted from the state’s foster care system
  • Families who have adopted internationally or privately
  • Families who have guardianship of a child from the state’s foster care system

Families who have adopted from other states’ foster care systems may be eligible for services on a case-by-case basis. Some services may only be available if families are eligible for Michigan’s Medical Subsidy Program.

Who provides these services?

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services contracts with private agencies to provide services to adoptive and guardianship families through eight regional Post Adoption Resource Centers. Some services are also provided by state staff. 

For information about which provider serves your region, please visit Michigan’s Post Adoption Resource Center website.

Parent support groups

Below are support groups for adoptive, kinship, and foster families. Support groups may be offered as part of a state’s post-adoption/guardianship support program, through a statewide or regional foster or adoptive parent association, through specific agencies, or may be run independently. If we have additional information about the group’s purpose or the community served, it’s provided under the group’s contact information.

To add a group or make a suggestion, email the AdoptUSKids family support team.

Adoptaid of Greater Hopes
Location: Grand Rapids

Adoption Resource Group
Location: Houghton

Adoptive Family Support Meetings and Adopted Youth Club
Location: Ann Arbor

Adoptive Family Support Network
Location: Grand Rapids

Bethany Christian Services
Location: Grand Rapids

Bethany Christian Services
Location: Traverse City

Bethany Christian Services of Southwest Michigan
Location: Kalamazoo

Building Community Partnerships Support Groups
Group type: Foster care
Location: Redford

Caring Network
Location: Kalamazoo

Catholic Charities of Shiawassee and Genessee Counties
Location: Flint

Catholic Charities West Michigan
Location: Grand Rapids

Catholic Human Services, Inc. - Traverse County
Location: Traverse City

Catholic Social Services of Washtenaw
Location: Ann Arbor

Child and Family Services of the UP
Location: Marquette

Christian Family Services
Location: Southfield

DA Blodgett For Children - St. John's
Location: Grand Rapids

Eagle Village, Inc.
Location: Hersey

Families on the Move
Location: Detroit

Family Service and Children's Aid
Location: Jackson

Forever Families, Inc.
Location: Livonia

Gratiot Co Foster/Kinship/Adoptive Parent Support Group
Location: Ithaca

Greater Hopes Family Services, Inc.
Location: Grand Rapids

Hands Across the Water
Location: Ann Arbor

Jewish Family Services of Washtenaw County
Location: Ann Arbor

Kids Belong Parents Connect
Location: Norton Shores

Livingston County Foster, Adoption & Kinship Services
Location: Howell

Lutheran Adoption Service
Location: Troy

Lutheran Social Services of Wisconsin & Upper Michigan, Inc.
Location: Marquette

Methodist Children's Home Society
Location: Redford

Michigan Association of Single Adoptive Parents
Phone: 586-758-6909
Location: Center Line

Oakland Family Services
Location: Pontiac

Orchards Children's Services
Location: Southfield

Parenting the High Needs Child
Phone: (269) 660-0448
Location: Battle Creek

Post Adoption Resource Center
Location: Traverse City

Post Adoption Support Center

Raising Healthy Families
Location: Grand Rapids

Spaulding for Children
Location: Southfield

Spectrum Human Services Independent Living
Location: Westland

Spectrum Human Services, Inc.
Location: Southfield

St. Vincent Catholic Charities
Location: Lansing

Work of Heart Clinton County, Michigan State University Extension
Location: St Johns