Waiting child adoption

Hands Across The Water's Waiting Child Adoption Program seeks exceptional families that live in Southeast Michigan for Michigan children who have been in foster care and whose parents' rights have been terminated. These youth deserve a safe and loving home with caring adults where they can chase their goals and dreams. We can assist your family through the process to adopt one of the over 300 children in Michigan who are currently waiting for a family.  These children are photolisted at www.mare.org

Children available for adoption in this program will be over the age of 7, sibling groups, children who have experienced trauma and children with physical, cognitive, developmental and/or emotional delays or special needs.  This program will focus on recruiting adoptive families

who have training, experiences or special skills which will enable them to parent children in these categories, or are willing and able to acquire such experience or training. 


Families wishing to enter this program should understand that most of the children will require some form of assistance outside of the family including mental health counseling, specialized medical care, medication or special education and should be willing and able to access these services for their child.  Families should also be aware that many children require these services throughout their lifetimes. 

If you are interested in learning more about any of these incredible youth, please submit an inquiry form here.

For general  questions, please contact our office.

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NOTE: Due to confidentiality laws, and to maintain the privacy of these children, these brief descriptions do not include all details of needs and history of the youth.

For more information, please contact our office by filling out the inquiry form here.

Hands Across The Water supports and empowers children and families through inclusive, strengths-based services.


We envision a community where every child is valued and has a safe home and loving family where they can thrive.

EIN #: 38-3167509

Contact Us today

T: 734-477-0135

F: 734-477-0213

E: info@hatw.org

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