Guided by the belief that every child deserves a safe, permanent, and loving family where they can grow up to be happy and productive members of their communities, Judson Center has been providing family preservation, foster care and adoption, services for children in need throughout southeast Michigan since 1924.
When a child’s safety is a concern, they may temporarily be removed from their family’s home and placed into foster care. While in foster care, children live with caring foster parents. In addition to receiving foster care licensing by the State of Michigan, all foster parents have received foster parent training in the areas of child development, the bond between children and their birth families, and how to parent abused and/or neglected children.
Along with licensed social workers and therapists, foster parents are part of a comprehensive team that is dedicated to supporting the child during this difficult period. During the child’s stay in foster care, the entire team works with the child and their birth family to successfully remove the barriers that resulted in the child entering foster care, with the ultimate goal of safely reuniting the child with their birth family.
If it is not possible for a child in foster care to safely return to their birth family, Judson Center seeks to identify loving, adoptive parents who are 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 a prospective adoptive family is not identified, Judson Center is dedicated to making the community aware of Michigan’s waiting children and identifying families for these children through our Michigan Adoption Resource Exchange program.
The Michigan Adoption Resource Exchange (MARE) is an information and referral service for prospective adoptive parents. In addition to their website, which photo lists all of Michigan’s waiting children, MARE holds a number of events throughout the state of Michigan designed to connect prospective adoptive families with children who are waiting for their "forever family".
Once an adoption is final, Judson Center continues to provide post adoption services to help the child and family learn each other’s expectations.