If it is not possible for a child in foster care to safely return to their birth parents, Judson Center seeks to identify a loving adoptive family who is best suited to meet the individual needs of the child. In many cases, a member of the child’s birth family or the child’s foster parents will adopt them. However, when this is not possible, the Judson Center Adoption Department looks to our network of recruited adoptive families. If we cannot identify a family from within Judson Center, we work with Michigan Adoption Resource Exchange (MARE) to connect with adoptive families throughout the state.

Judson Center is unique among child welfare agencies in Michigan because we are one of few agencies who assist families through the entirety of the adoption process. We do this through the use of multiple programs:

  • Judson Center's Adoption Department: which completes a family assessment
  • Michigan Adoption Resource Exchange (MARE): which provides a multitude of services including helping families become matched with a child for adoption
  • Post Adoption Resource Center (PARC): which remain available to adoptive families long after the adoption finalizes
  • Adoption Resource Consultants (ARC): which provides intensive recruitment services to youth who do not have an identified adoptive family after one year

Due to the nature of the work we do, Judson Center upholds the privacy of the children, adults and families we serve. Therefore, photos and names may be changed to protect identity.