"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

Orientation and Training

Adoption Orientation
The first step to being approved for adoption is to attend Adoption Orientation at Judson Center. Adoption Orientations are free and presented by experienced adoption specialists at Judson Center's Wayne Regional Office. 

Call today to schedule an orientation!

Contact us today to register!

PRIDE Training

Prospective adoptive parents must attend a 2-day PRIDE Training: Parent Resources for Information, Development, and Education. PRIDE training is a competency-based program which provides greater detail about adoption and the responsibilities of adoptive parents. Topics covered include:

  • Attachment and loss issues
  • Discipline
  • Effects of abuse and neglect
  • Sexual abuse
  • Effects of fostering and adopting on the family 


Trauma Training

Judson Center has partnered with the Children’s Trauma Assessment Center (CTAC) through Western Michigan University, and with the National Child Traumatic Stress Network, to provide our consumers with training opportunities focused on addressing the needs of the children we work with. Specifically, these trainings address the traumatic experiences that children in foster care and adoptions have had and how foster and adoptive parents can best understand and meet these needs. Judson Center is at the forefront of this important movement and is dedicated to servicing children and families in ways that appropriately address their needs and experiences.  


*Training is subject to change so please call to confirm

Direct :: (313) 255-8258       Email :: adoptions@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.