thinking about adoption?
you've come to the right place.
thinking about adoption?
you've come to the right place.

a full service agency

Greater Hopes operates a full service Child Placing Agency. We are licensed by the state of Michigan to perform private infant and early childhood adoption.

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what are the things that make greater hopes unique?

No. 1

NO WAITING

We believe in starting to work on your Home Study THE VERY FIRST DAY you apply. We are also able to expedite Home Studies when requested.

No. 3

Matching Services

Many times there will be an opportunity to get to know your potential birth parents before placement. Your adoption professional will be there, right by your side, to help that process along.

No. 5

The Legal Process

After being selected by birth parents and before a placement is made, there will be a time for you and the birth parents to get to know each other. Our staff will be there with you to help that process along.

No. 2

GROUPS & ACTIVITIES

Greater Hopes is a community of Adoption Families and Friends. We have ongoing support and activities groups to help during your adoption process.

No.4

Birth Father Services

Engaging and bringing the birth father on-board is often the trickiest part of the adoption process. We work very hard at this, starting early on, so that no issues or surprises come up that can derail the adoption.

No.6

Continuing Community

Everything starts when your adoption is done! We are here for you when you run into issues and to help with your on-going relationship with your birth parents. There are NEVER ANY COSTS for these services.

greater hopes

More than an adoption agency

Greater Hopes is somewhat unique in West Michigan in that we not only operate a Full Services Child Placing Agency, but we also operate a Family Services Organization dedicated to mothers and children in need. Many Adoption Minded Mothers only want to make an adoption plan with a Michigan family.

From a birth mom

What just one of our birth mothers has to say about us

Greater Hopes helped me in ways that I didn’t think an adoption agency could. They took care of me so well, just like I was family. I felt supported and loved, and they were always there when I needed them. They have such a great support system and a real love for each birth family, and how birth families can heal!

During a difficult time in a single mom’s life of needing to place her child for adoption there will be a lot of sadness. But what I just wrote didn’t sound like a sad story did it? Because it’s not. Greater Hopes made me feel better in a situation where it can be heartbreaking. 

Samantha

family

defination:

family
fam·i·ly /ˈfam(ə)lē/ /ˈfæm(ə)li/
noun
A group of people who are related to each other, such as a mother, a father, and their children.

greater hopes' definition:

family
fam·i·ly /ˈfam(ə)lē/ /ˈfæm(ə)li/
action verb
We believe family is an action verb. It’s what you actively do and what you make it. We have families that start as a Single Woman or a Husband and a Husband or a Wife and a Wife, No two of our families look exactly the same, they are all unique. And this is precisely what our birth mothers want and need. 

What does family look like in an open adoption?

Open adoption is the most common type of adoption today, but if you have just begun to explore adoption, open adoption may be new to you. In the past it was most common to keep adoptions closed. Oftentimes, women facing unexpected pregnancies would temporarily move to another city or even another state, have their babies, and only then return home. The doctor or adoption agency would then find an adoptive family. Clearly, this led to many complications in each of their lives. And especially in the life of the adopted child, who grew up with many unanswered questions such as why was I “put up” for adoption and why didn’t my parents want or love me.

Thankfully, as adoptive families, birth mothers, adopted children and child-placing agencies continued to see the negatives of closed adoption and the positives of open adoption, adoptions began to evolve for the better. Today, most birth mothers have research and are aware of open adoption and choose open adoption for themselves and the child they are placing. It is the responsibility of the child placing agency to have the appropriate adoptive families that are educated and understand the benefits to everyone in an open adoption relationship…….

Learn all about open adoption by joining us for our free adoption talk for families

We'll discuss the most common fears and questions about open adoption.

The most common questions about adoption

  • How long is the waiting period to adopt?
  • How large is your prospective parent pool?
  • How many of your placements are infants?
  • Are there any restrictions on who you will work with?
  • How do birth mothers find Greater Hopes?
  • Who are the expectant mothers we work with?
  • How is the adoptive family chosen?
  • Is open adoption co-parenting?
  • How much does adoption cost?
  • What are the next steps?

The most common fears about open adoption

  • Having contact with the birth family will be an intrusion on my family.
  • I’m afraid the birth parents will try to undermine my relationship with my child.
  • Open adoptions do not allow for boundaries. The birth parents will visit whenever they want.
  • I’m afraid if she is in our lives, I will feel jealous of the birth mother.
  • Open adoption will be confusing for my child. Ongoing contact will only benefit the birth parents.
  • When my child is a teenager, he will want to live with his birth parents.

We'll discuss all of this and any other questions you have. you'll also get to hear other s have as well.

say something bout our expierence working with birth mothers and the insights we have gained into what they think about their adoption journey and what they hope for in their adoption relationship.

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what our families are saying

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Greater Hopes has completely changed our family forever. We have loved every minute of working with them since they make you feel so welcome and part of their family.
Chris

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I contacted Cathy with some questions about foster care / adoption. I expected to make an appointment, but Cathy answered all my questions over the phone, all for free.
Ken

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My husband and I have truly enjoyed our time with Greater Hopes. What drew us to this agency is their hospitality. The minute we walked in the door, they knew who we were.
Autumn

We are very fortunate to have the most experienced team in the legal aspects of adoption

A few of your fellow approved families you'll get to know

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What your adoption profile will look like

contact info

Phone

(616) 451-0245 call or text

Email Adress

info@greaterhopes.org

Office Adress

2453 28th Street SW, Wyoming, MI 49519

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Directly across from the Pregnancy Resource Center near 28th Street & Byron Center