Safe Kids Coalition

Safe Kids Branch-Hillsdale-St. Joseph Counties Sponsoring Agency:  Branch-Hillsdale-St. Joseph Community Health Agency Website: Coalition Contact:  Mary Boyer-Proctor E-mail: Phone:  (517) 964-0073 Address:  20 Care Drive, Hillsdale, MI 49242 Serving:  Branch, Hillsdale and St. Joseph Counties Safe Kids Capital Area Sponsoring Agency:  Sparrow Hospital Website: Coalition Contact:  Mickie Kreft E-mail: Phone:  (517) 364-3743 Address:  1215 E. Michigan Avenue, Lansing, MI  48909 [...]

Safe Kids Coalition 2017-05-09T23:16:39+00:00

Adoption Benefits Through Your Employer

Whether you are adopting domestically or internationally, now is the time to consider these issues: Are you eligible for 12 weeks of unpaid family leave under the FMLA? Are you eligible for paid or unpaid family leave under state law? How much and when can you take it? How many vacation, personal, or sick days have you accrued? Can you use those days however you [...]

Adoption Benefits Through Your Employer 2017-05-09T22:49:46+00:00

Adoption Networking

Most adoptive parents understand some “adoption networking” on their behalf is important to their success, but what is adoption networking? Simply defined, “adoption networking” is the activities employed by prospective adopting couples to reach adoption-minded birth parents. Making a decision to actively seek a birth mother increases your chance of placement and may decrease the time you wait to bring a child home. You can [...]

Adoption Networking 2017-05-09T22:48:28+00:00

Thinking about adopting?

If you have been thinking about adopting, we would love to talk with you about the most precious babies who deserve the opportunities that come with a loving family. The need is great for families who are open to adopting babies of any race, babies who have been drug-exposed, and babies with a family history of mental health issues. Whenever we have an expectant mother ready to consider [...]

Thinking about adopting? 2017-05-30T12:51:07+00:00

Open Communication

by Janet Forde When my nephew was five or six years old, he asked what his birth father's name was. He was told that his name was Steve, but was not really given any other information, such as what his birth father looked like or what his personality was like. Somehow in his mind he then became convinced that his birth father was Steve from [...]

Open Communication 2017-06-29T13:35:13+00:00

Please Help Save International Adoption

Last year, the Department of State (DOS) hosted a conference for 100 adoption service providers, “to learn more about the needs of the adoption community, and to discuss [our] new intercountry adoption strategy,” a DOS report reads. Chuck Johnson, president of the National Council for Adoption, was present at that conference. “We were delighted to hear that they were considering country-specific solutions. Until now, the U.S. has [...]

Please Help Save International Adoption 2017-06-12T17:50:37+00:00

Adoption Support Group for Children

Hands Across the Water is starting an adoption support group for children ages 7-11 who have been adopted either internationally or domestically. The group will run from November 7 through December 12, from 6:30 - 8:00pm. There is a $20 fee to cover the cost of snacks/crafts. Interested families may register at:

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Adoptive Family Fun

Adoptive Family Support Network (AFSN) is doing some FREE  family fun events for adoptive families. Meet up with other adoptive families at Meijer Gardens and spend some time enjoying the Gardens on November 1, 2016, 5:00 - 8:00 pm. Please RSVP to and include the names of those in your family that will be attending, the date and time you plan to attend, and what [...]

Adoptive Family Fun 2017-06-12T16:53:38+00:00

Adoption & Foster Care Information Meeting

You are warmly invited to an Adoption and Foster Care Information Evening hosted by the Esther Guild of Heritage Reformed Church. Please join us at 7:30 pm on Friday, November 4, 2016, in the chapel at the Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary. Featured guests will be Lutheran Services, Adoption Associates of Jenison, and several families who have walked the paths of foster care and adoption. Even if you [...]

Adoption & Foster Care Information Meeting 2017-06-12T16:57:18+00:00

Woven by Love Retreat

Adoptive moms and foster moms are invited to attend the next Woven by Love Retreat at Gull Lake Ministries, Hickory Corners, Michigan. Mark your calendars and reserve your spot for February 10-12, 2017. For more information and to register, visit the Woven by Love website. Registration starts on September 10, at 10:00 am. Your registration fee is all-inclusive and covers five meals, snacks, two nights lodging [...]

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