"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."

Judson Center 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.