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"There were like hundreds of people wanting particular children so it depends on need," Willow said. "If a child has very high medical need, there are usually only a few families that apply. So children with less needs, there were more families."

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Adoption Resource Consultants

Judson Center’s Adoption Resource Consultant (ARC) program serves children who have a permanency goal of adoption and are eligible for adoption for at least one year without an identified family in place.  

ARC’s Goal: To help youth establish and maintain connections with caring adults who will be there for them - for a lifetime.

How it works: Through collaboration and in coordination with adoption specialists, foster care workers, residential staff, children’s attorneys, therapists, relatives, current caregivers and the youth themselves, ARC staff will identify families for children in need of a forever family.  

Also, as part of ARC, youth will receive services from a Master’s level Adoption Resource Consultant. An Individual Adoption Plan or Individualized Permanency Plan will be developed for each child and will serve as a roadmap to adoption.

In addition: 

  • ARC staff engages in best and promising practices from across the country to help find adoptive homes for harder to place youth.
  • ARC employs family finding and intensive recruitment strategies to identify, locate and engage family members and others adults whom a child may have had a past relationship with.
  • ARC thinks outside of the box to recruit and retain adoptive parents for waiting youth

ARC youth services are provided in the following counties: Wayne ·Oakland · Macomb · Allegan · Barry · Berrien · Branch Calhoun · Cass · Clinton · Eaton · Gratiot · Hillsdale · Jackson Kalamazoo · Lenawee · Monroe · Muskegon · Ottawa St. Joseph · Van Buren · Washtenaw

To receive ARC services, a referral must come from the Michigan Adoption Resource Exchange (MARE). For questions, please contact ARC at 734.528.2005.

 

To learn about youth in the ARC program click the images below, if you would like more information please contact us at ARC@JudsonCenter.org
 

 

        

 

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.