"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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Frequently Asked Questions

Who are our “waiting children”?

The children available for adoption through Judson Center come from Michigan’s foster care system. They are in foster care due to abuse, neglect, death or abandonment by their birth families. Their parent’s rights have been terminated by the court. The children who wait range in age from 0-17 years old however, most are between the ages of 14-17. They come from all racial and cultural backgrounds. Many of the children who are waiting for an adoptive family have special needs.            

What is meant by special needs?
Due to the past experiences of children in foster care, many have special physical, medical, behavioral, emotional, educational, or mental health needs. Many require increased supervision in the home, therapy, or special education services. To give you a better idea of the types of special needs we often work with, please review MARE’s impairment level guidelines. We welcome all families who feel comfortable parenting a child with needs in at least one of these areas. 

Do I have to be married?
No. Single individuals can adopt a child. If an unmarried couple is interested in adoption, both adults can be studied as household members, but per Michigan law, only one can legally adopt the child. 

What are the costs?
If you wish to adopt a child from Michigan’s foster care system, there is no fee for the completion of your family’s family assessment. However, you will be responsible for court filing fees at the time an adoption is filed, which averages around $200, and $50 for a new Michigan birth certificate. 

How long does it take to adopt a child?
For families who are able to attend the needed trainings and submit the required documents in a timely manner, Judson Center can complete your home assessment for adoption in about 90 days. A dual assessment for foster care and adoption may require an additional 30 days. 

Once a family has an approved home assessment for adoption, matching with a child may take anywhere from 3 months to over a year. The length of time varies based on how specific a family is about the type of child they wish to adopt, and whether or not they looking for the type of child most commonly available for adoption.

To learn more about the children who wait the longest, please visit The Greatest Need. Once a family is matched with a child, the adoption process can take anywhere from three months to a year, depending on a variety of factors, including whether a child adapts well to the family, whether or not the family is licensed for foster care, and whether there are any additional barriers to the adoption.

What about support after adoption
There are many post-adoption resources such as support groups, therapy, crisis-intervention, respite care and referral services. Please visit the Post Adoption Resource Center (PARC)'s page to learn more about post-adoption resources. 

What makes Judson Center different?
Judson Center is an agency that puts customer service at the forefront of everything we do. We are dedicated to helping children and families improve their lives, and we do that through strength-based solution-focused services. We treat you like part of our family! 

Have more questions? Email us at 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.