Adoption Agencies, Information, and Resources in Grand Rapids

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Helpful Resources When Considering Adoption in Grand Rapids

This page provides information to those who are considering adoption and live in or near to Grand Rapids, Michigan or in the Kent County region. If you are thinking about giving your baby up for adoption, we have gathered information about Pregnancy Resource Centers/Crisis Pregnancy Centers to assist you to confirm your pregnancy, clinics where you may get prenatal care, and a list of hospitals with birthing centers.

For those in the Kent County region of Michigan who wish to adopt a baby, further below on this page you will find home study agency resources and helpful information to assist you with the adoption process.

Additional resources for expectant mothers and prospective adoptive parents throughout Michigan may be found on our Michigan State Page.

Pregnancy Resource Centers in Grand Rapids, Michigan

Pregnancy Resource Centers, also sometimes called “Crisis Pregnancy Centers” are often not-for-profit clinics where you can go to get help confirming if you are pregnant, and if you would like to, they will discuss “pregnancy options”. Most of these centers are staffed by volunteers who are not necessarily trained medical personnel, so can’t prescribe contraceptives. Because many Pregnancy Resource Centers are associated with pro-life organizations, they will encourage parenting or adoption, however not all of them are faith based. Pregnancy Resource Centers serving those in the Kent County region that are in or near Grand Rapids are:

Alpha Women’s Center of Grand Rapids
Help Pregnancy Crisis Aid
Pregnancy Resource Center

Affordable Prenatal Care in Grand Rapids, Michigan

Medical clinics have medical personnel on staff so can address most aspects of prenatal care and family planning. They do STD and cancer screenings (pap smears, and sometimes mammograms), and can prescribe and even dispense contraceptives. Clinics located in or near to Grand Rapids, Michigan that provide affordable prenatal care for those in Kent County are:

Cherry Street Health Center
Clinica Santa Maria
Westside Health Center

Information about health coverage for pregnancy care that is available for women in Grand Rapids with limited financial resources is provided at Michigan’s Maternal Infant Health Program.

Hospitals in Grand Rapids, Michigan

Prospective adoptive parents and expectant mothers may wish to communicate with medical professionals about hospital plans during the time of baby’s birth, or have other inquiries. The hospitals with Birthing Centers serving the Grand Rapids, Michigan region are:

Mercy Health St. Mary’s Birth Center
Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital

Completing the Home Study in Grand Rapids, Michigan

The home study is one of the most important parts of every adoption process. The purpose of a home study is to assess the suitability and capability of prospective Adoptive Parents to receive a child into their home. There are certain Adoption Home Study Requirements for each state. The process generally includes collection of information with questions about family history, health and financial information, and personal background. Here are some legally qualified home study providers licensed to conduct home studies for those who live in Grand Rapids, Michigan or the Kent County region:

Family and Community Services, Inc.
The communication and relationships we build with our clients is of the highest priority to our staff.  We are here for our clients throughout the entire adoption process and beyond.

Families Through Adoption
It’s the goal of Families Through Adoption to build healthy families. We offer services and encouragement before, during and after the adoption process is complete.

Keane Center for Adoption
As a prospective adoptive parent, we can help you through the home study process, as well as provide you with the needed assistance through the placement of the baby through the finalization of the adoption.

Become a Foster Parent in Grand Rapids, Michigan

Those who wish to make a difference in the life of a child that is a dependent of the foster care system in Kent County or the surrounding region may do so by contacting the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services or one of the licensed agencies listed below:

D.A. Blodgett – St. John’s
Wellspring Lutheran Services

Court Information

To complete the adoption process through court action, once all legal requirements are satisfied, a finalization hearing may be scheduled. If you would like to learn about the adoption laws in Michigan, check out our Adoption Laws by State page. Information about the adoption finalization process in Michigan is provided on the website for the Family Division of the 17th Circuit Court.

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