Adoption in MichiganMichigan is an adoption-friendly state. In fact, it's been recognized as a leader for an innovative approach to adoption and our high adoptive placement rates. According to the State, the success of Michigan's program can be attributed to the unique partnership between public and private agencies responsible for adoption planning and placement of foster children who become permanent wards. Random sidenote: PairTree Founder, Erin Quick, adopted her first child from Michigan. Michigan is known for its breathtaking landscapes – ranging from rugged trails to sand-covered beaches.
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Adoption Attorneys in Michigan
Adoption Agencies in MI
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AttorneyKenneth A. Rathert137 North Park Street
Kalamazoo, MI 49007Services Offered Contested Adoption, Dome
AttorneyTeri Rosenzweig4301 Orchard Lake Road, Suite 180/150
West Bloomfield, MI 48323Services Offered Domestic Adoption, Grandparent Representation, Interstate (ICPC) Adoption, LGBT Family Formation
AttorneyDion E. Roddy2950 West Square Lake Road, Suite 108
Troy, MI 48098Services Offered Contested Adoption, Domestic Adoption, Interstate (ICPC) Adoption
AttorneyAdoptions First LLP1100 Glendon Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90024Services Offered Adoptions First has provided the most caring and professional adoption services for over 30 years. Since 1988 we have dedicated our services & experience to adoptive parents and birth parents. Adoption is not only our work. It is our passion, our personal stories, and our life’s calling.
AgencyAdopt America111 N.E. 1st Street, Suite 902
Miami, FL 33132Services Offered Adopt America is a licensed child placement agency in the State of Florida. We provide home study services mainly to residents of S. Florida and some other locations throughout Florida. We offer placement services when we are working with a designated birthmother/birth parents but no waiting list.
AgencyCaring Adoptions11601 Katy Freeway
Houston, TX 77079Services Offered Caring Adoptions is a full service adoption agency that has been finding families for children since 1991. Although located in Houston, Caring Adoptions works with Birthmothers throughout Texas, and Adoptive Parents throughout Texas and the United States.
Traveling For Your Adoption in Michigan
Length of ICPC
Michigan adheres to the Interstate Compact On The Placement of Children (ICPC) – a uniform law in all 50 States that establishes procedures for the interstate placement of children. The ICPC also places specific responsibilities on those involved in placing the children. The three principle goals of the ICPC are to:
Protect the children being placed.
Ensure that they receive the services they need.
Facilitate permanent placements for those children who are in state custody
Adoption Law FAQ in Michigan
Adoption Law Info
Who Can Adopt?
Any individual or a married couple jointly.
Can out-of-state residents finalize an adoption?
Can adopting parents use an adoption facilitator or another paid intermediary?
Yes, a child-placing agency or an adoption attorney may assist in the placement of a child.
What birth parent expenses may be paid, and in what time period?
Medical not covered by insurance or Medicaid, legal, counseling, reasonable and necessary living. 6 weeks post-partum. No caps or preauthorization.
When does consent become irrevocable? If consent is revoked, is return to birth parent automatic?
Consents are not ârevoked.â Parents have time to ask for reconsideration, but it is rarely granted and âa change of mindâ is insufficient. If it is granted, return usually automatic.
Qualifications for Adoptive Parents for adoption
Citation: Comp. Laws § 710.22
An individual is considered to be suitable to be a parent of n adopted child when there is no specific concern that placement of any child, or a particular child, in the home of the individual would pose a risk of harm to the physical or psychological well-being of the child.
Home Study Info
Elements of a Home Study for Adoption
Citation: Comp. Laws § 710.23f
A preplacement assessment is based upon personal interviews and visits at the residence of the individual being assessed, interviews of others who know the individual, and reports received under this subsection. The assessment shall contain all of the following information about the individual being assessed:
• Age, nationality, race, ethnicity, and any religious preference
• Marital and family status and history
• Physical and mental health, including any history of substance abuse
• Education and employment history and any special skills and interests
• Property and income, including outstanding financial obligations
• Reason for wanting to adopt
• Whether the individual has ever been the respondent in a domestic violence proceeding or a proceeding concerning a child who was allegedly abused, dependent, deprived, neglected, abandoned, or delinquent, and the outcome of the proceeding
• Whether the individual has ever been convicted of a crime
• Any fact or circumstance that raises a specific concern about the suitability of the individual as an adoptive parent
The applicant must submit:
• A document from the Michigan State police and the FBI describing all of the individualâs criminal convictions or stating that the agencyâs records indicate that the individual has not been convicted of a crime
• The results of a physical examination that indicates that the individual is free from any known condition that would affect his or her ability to care for an adopted child
Grounds for Withholding Approval for Adoption
Citation: Comp. Laws §§ 710.23f; 710.22a
If the child-placing agency determines that the information in the preplacement assessment raises a specific concern, the child-placing agency shall find that the individual is not suitable to be an adoptive parent. The conclusion shall be supported by a written account of how one or more specific concerns pose a risk to the physical or psychological wellbeing of any child or a particular child.
A child shall not be placed with a prospective adoptive parent and an adoption order shall not be issued if a person authorized to place the child or the court authorized to issue the order has reliable information that the prospective adoptive parent has been convicted of any of the following:
• Soliciting a child for an immoral purpose or child sexual exploitation
• Criminal sexual conduct
• A law of another State substantially similar to any of the above
When Home Studies Must Be Completed for Adoption
Citation: Admin. Code R 400.12708
An agency shall have on file a written adoption evaluation and agency recommendation before approving the adoptive parents for each adoptive placement and before referring a child to, or placing a child in, the home for purposes of adoption.
Postplacement Study Requirements for Adoption
Citation: Comp. Laws §§ 710.46; 710.52; Admin. Code R 400.12711
Upon the filing of an adoption petition, the court shall direct a full investigation by an employee or agent of the court, a child-placing agency, or the department. The court may use the preplacement assessment and may order an additional investigation by an employee or agent of the court or a child-placing agency. The following shall be considered in the investigation:
• The best interests of the adopted child
• The adopted childâs family background, including names and identifying data regarding the parent or parents, if obtainable
• The reasons for the childâs placement away from his or her parent or parents
A written report of the investigation shall be filed within 3 months after the order for investigation.
During the period before entry of the order of adoption, the child shall be supervised at the direction of the court by an employee or agent of the court, a child-placing agency, or the department, who shall make reports regarding the adjustment of the child in the home. The investigations shall be made under reasonable circumstances and at reasonable intervals.
In a direct placement, the child shall be supervised during the period before entry of the order of adoption by the childplacing agency that investigated the placement or, in the courtâs discretion, by another child-placing agency.
In regulation: An agency shall provide postplacement supervision for the adoptive family at the adoptive parent(s)â home as needed, but not less than once every 3 months, after the placement of a child and until the final order of adoption.
The agency shall:
• Assess and record the childâs and adoptive familyâs adjustment and, where needed, include plans to assist the child or adoptive family
• Keep the adoptive parents informed of the results of the agencyâs continuing assessment of the placement at the conclusion of each visit