Hands across

the water

Dedicated to supporting and empowering families since 1999.

our mission 

Hands Across The Water supports and empowers children 

and families through inclusive, strength-based services.

Our Mission: Hands Across The Water supports and empowers children and families through inclusive, strength-based services.

Out staff is dedicated to supporting and strengthening families through a wide range of supportive services, including parent education, counseling, and case management. We are a provider of foster care services, as well as adoption services, for children and families.

Our Mission: Hands Across The Water supports and empowers children and families through inclusive, strength-based services.

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waiting child adoption

Over 300 Michigan children are waiting for their forever home. Will you provide a safe and loving home to an older child or sibling group?

Learn more our about waiting child adoption program

foster
care

On any given day, there are approximately 13,000 children in foster care in Michigan.

 

Learn more about providing temporary care to children while supporting family reunification.

INFANT adoption

Building a family through adoption can be the most rewarding experience you will ever have.

 

HATW can assist families through our infant adoption program as well as those adopting independently.

international adoption

Children around the world are in need of safe and loving homes. 

 

HATW is a COA Hague Accredited agency and offers international adoption services.

Learn more about our programs. 

FAMILY
support services

 HATW provides events, post-adoption supports, training and enrichment activities for children and families throughout the year.  

Learn more about what we offer.

behavioral 
health services

Our Behavioral Health Services program offers individual, couple, and family counseling and other support services to help you and your family with a variety of needs.

Learn more about our therapists and agency counseling services.

Parent education

Our Parent Education programs provide personal

one-on-one education

and coaching to families in their homes and communities.  Services are strengths -focused and based on the specific needs of each client.

Learn more about our programs in Washtenaw, Lenawee and Monroe counties.

pregnancy options
counseling

For those facing an unplanned pregnancy, learn about your pregnancy options by talking with one of our pregnancy counselors.

We will provide resources and information to help you decide what is best for you.

OUR EVENTS
  • Foster Parent Orientation - Online - Pre-registration Required
    Foster Parent Orientation - Online - Pre-registration Required
    Online Foster Parent Orientation
    Aug 05, 3:00 PM – 6:00 PM
    Online Foster Parent Orientation
    HATW is recruiting new foster parents! Are you interested? Have questions? Come to our orientation! Here, we will discuss the licensing process and what it means to be a foster parent. Pre-registration required.
  • Waiting Child Adoption Informational Meeting - Online - Pre-registration Required
    Waiting Child Adoption Informational Meeting - Online - Pre-registration Required
    Online Meeting
    Aug 10, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
    Online Meeting
    Interested in learning more about Waiting Child Domestic Adoption? This is an important step in deciding if this program is the right fit for your family.
  • Foster Parent Orientation - Online - Pre-registration Required
    Foster Parent Orientation - Online - Pre-registration Required
    Online Foster Parent Orientation
    Aug 17, 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM EDT
    Online Foster Parent Orientation
  • Waiting Child Adoption Informational Meeting - Online - Pre-registration required (1)
    Waiting Child Adoption Informational Meeting - Online - Pre-registration required (1)
    Online Meeting
    Sep 14, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
    Online Meeting
    Interested in learning more about Waiting Child Domestic Adoption? This is an important step in deciding if this program is the right fit for your family.
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