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"We've been there, now we're here for you!"

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Our Mission:
Hands Across The Water is dedicated to building and supporting families, committed to the belief that every child deserves a home and loving family.

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We believe every child deserves a family. Children come first. Families need to be found for children....not children for families.

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We have adoption programs around the world and in the U.S. We are located in the state of Michigan, but can act as your placing agency, whatever state you live in.

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Our staff has been personally touched by adoption. We are here to help you navigate your own personal adoption journey to make your dreams come true.

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HATW follows a non-discrimination practice and does not establish our screening criteria based on race, creed, color, ethnicity, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression or natural origin.

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"We've been there, now we're here for you!"

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Information & Orientation Meetings

Explore Your Adoption Options!
Thu Jan 26 @ 6:00PM - 07:00PM
Foster Parent Orientation (Monroe Office)
Thu Feb 02 @ 6:00PM - 09:00PM
Foster Parent Orientation
Tue Feb 14 @ 1:00PM - 04:00PM
Foster Care Orientation
Tue Feb 21 @ 6:00PM - 09:00PM
Foster Care Orientation-Mt. Clemens office
Thu Mar 02 @ 6:00PM - 09:00PM
Foster Parent Orientation
Tue Mar 14 @ 1:00PM - 04:00PM
Foster Care Orientation
Tue Mar 21 @ 6:00PM - 09:00PM
Explore Your Adoption Options
Tue Mar 21 @ 6:00PM - 07:00PM

Classes & Groups

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Latest News

A Heartfelt Goodbye

Kathleen Nelson, founder & executive director of Hands Across The Water since 1999 will be retiring November 30, 2016. Kathi has been instrumental in helping to create so many families throughout the past 17 years. Her belief that every child deserves a family was the driving force of the agency and her passion for creating families through adoption inspired so many of us. She will be missed!

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Dia De La Familia Latina!

This is a FREE Event held Sunday, October 2, 2016 at the Ann Arbor District Library.

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HATW out in the community!!

Join us May 13th at the Saline Firehouse (205 E. Michigan Ave. Saline, MI) with W4 Country Radio Key Bank Firehouse Fridays. We are showing our HATW pride and hoping to share information about foster care and adoption. Please join us between 6-9 am. We will be there around 7:30am. Hope to see you there!!! 

HATW Looking to Expand Board of Directors Members

 Are you interested?

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It's Time!!! Step Parent/Second Parent Adoption

HATW would like to help Michigan same sex couples who are now getting married or whose marriages are now  legally recognized complete the process for adoption. Secure the future of your family though Step Parent /Second Parent Adoption 

Family Stories

  **The children in the photos posted on our website are not available for adoption

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