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Qualifying for foster care and adoption in Michigan

Did you know that foster care is often a viable path to adoption for Michigan families? In some cases, children may be placed with their family members for foster care. In other situations, youngsters are put in a safe, loving home that belongs to someone outside of their biological family. Depending on the situation, foster parents may be able to adopt their foster children if parental rights are terminated. Many child welfare agencies prioritize reuniting the child with his or her blood relatives, but that may not always be possible, and adoption can be a viable alternative.

You may not know that you are eligible to foster or adopt a child. To apply for an adoption process through the state, you only have to meet a few criteria. First, you must be at least 18 years of age and be willing to care for the child that is placed in your home. You also need to have "good moral character" and a generally favorable health status in order to be eligible. Other requirements include having a stable, predictable source of income and a willingness to provide a safe, comfortable environment for the children.

In Michigan, potential adoptive parents benefit from special mentoring programs that are provided by families that have already navigated the system. In addition to your allies at a Michigan Adoption Law Firm, these program leaders offer guidance for new participants. The staff members, currently known as Adoption Navigators, help those who are interested in pursuing adoption, but who may not know exactly how to get started with the process.

It truly takes a village to raise a child, which is why building a supportive community during your adoption is so critical. Knowing your rights under Michigan Family Law can help you and your loved ones navigate the adoption process with more confidence. Thousands of children are currently housed in the foster system in our state -- a qualified legal team can help families who are willing to welcome these youngsters into their own homes.

Source: Adopt US Kids, "Michigan Foster Care and Adoption Guidelines," Michigan Adoption Resource Exchange, accessed Aug. 07, 2015

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