"When we started this whole thing, I really felt deeply like I had this vision of these two children in my heart," Willow said. "We are the ones who believe we're lucky. They're doing more for us than we're doing for them. It's not just us doing the giving. They bring so much joy and so much laughter. We're definitely enriched."

Successful adoptive parent

Steps to becoming approved

Once you make the decision to become an adoptive parent, the following steps must be followed: 

Step 1: Contact Judson Center

Call 313-794-5653 and ask for an adoption specialist or email us at adoptions@judsoncenter.org.

Step 2: Attend Adoption Orientation Training

Step 3: Submit an Adoption Application and Fingerprint Clearance Requests

Proper documentation will be provided to you during foster care orientation.

Step 4: Attend PRIDE Training

PRIDE is a competency-based program which provides greater detail about the foster care system and the responsibilities of foster parents. Topics covered include: attachment and loss issues, discipline, effects of abuse and neglect, sexual abuse, and the effects of fostering and adopting on the family. Sessions 1, 2, 3, 4 & 6 must be completed, in order, prior to being licensed

Step 5: Complete a Home Assessment
The home assessment (also referred to as a home study) includes collecting all documentation; a physical assessment of your home; and interviews with each member of your household, including spouse, domestic partner, children, etc.

Step 6: Begin making inquries on MARE

Allow your adoption worker to assist you in matching you with your forever child!

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.