Legacy Adoption Services

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All inquiries can reach a LAS Adoption Specialists through our general contact number or you can fill out our inquiry form below.

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Frequently asked questions

Foster care is meant to be temporary; adoptive placement is meant to be permanent. The foster parents’ primary role is to help in efforts to reunite the child and their birth family. This may include visits between the child and birth parents, (when appropriate), taking a child to counseling (if needed), and working closely with the foster care worker. Children may stay in the foster home for several days, weeks or months – perhaps even a year or longer – while birth parents are working to resolve the issues that brought the children into care in the first place. Sometimes, children are unable to return home; it is then that the court terminates parental rights, and the child becomes available for adoption. Adoptive parents become the child’s legal parent. Their lifelong commitment and responsibility are no less important than if the child was born to them.

The first step in any adoption is a Family Assessment, also known as a homestudy. Families must be approved through the Family Assessment process before a child can be placed in their home for adoption.

The Family Assessment involves a series of meetings between the family and an adoption worker. Training regarding adoption process and common issues in adoption will also be required before or during the assessment process. During the assessment, your social worker will talk with you about your motivations and expectations for adoption. It also gives the adoption worker a chance to get to know your family.

This process usually takes 120 days to complete, depending on factors such as worker caseload and family cooperation. Assessments are typically prioritized based on the types of children waiting and the characteristics of families who have applied. The process typically consists of a number of meetings at the home as well as personal interviews. The study generally includes the following:

Social History – A complete history and evaluation of your current family life and past experiences – and how they will affect your capacity to parent an adoptive child – is written.

Health Statements – All household members will need to provide a medical history and a recent physical (within one year).

Criminal Background Check/Fingerprinting – Applicants will need to complete a state police check, Protective Service clearance, fingerprinting (effective 1/1/08) and a local police clearance. A state police check and Protective Service clearance will also be required for all other adults in the home.

Income Statement – Applicants will be required to provide proof of your income, such as a copy of an income tax form, a paycheck stub, or a W-2 form.

Personal References – You will be asked to provide the names, addresses, and phone numbers of three unrelated individuals who can share their knowledge about your experience with children, the stability of your marriage and/or household, and your motivation to adopt.

Be sure to choose an agency you feel comfortable with. The Family Assessment process can feel intrusive, so it is important that you trust the people you work with. Your agency will become your strongest ally and advocate in this process.

You do not have to be married, own your own home, live in a house, have a lot of money or be of a specific age to adopt. If you are interested in adopting, LAS will complete an Adoptive Family Assessment (which is a standardized report used by all agencies throughout the state). This report will assess your home for the purposes of safety and adequate space for housing a child, your ability to meet your current financial needs using your income, your criminal history (if applicable), your health and your social history. This report will also be used to document your preferences with regard to an adoptive child, so that LAS can help you make an appropriate match. There are many more details specific to each individual family that will be included, and LAS staff will help you walk through each step of the assessment process.

Our Mission

Legacy Adoption Services connects Michigan children with loving, safe, adoptive families.

Our legacy of faith and service propels us to be responsive, caring, and innovative in our approach to building families.

We deliver a sense of love, belonging and the stability of a permanent family that gives each child a chance to build a legacy of their own.

Every child deserves a loving family.

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For questions relating to Post-Adoption Services, contact our Post-Adoption Coordinator, Angela Baeckeroot, at abaec@lasadoption.org.