As a prospective adoptive or birth parent in Lansing, you likely have many questions about how to adopt or place a baby for adoption in Michigan. Fortunately, there are many local foster care, home study and adoption professionals who can assist you through the process of adopting or placing a child for adoption in Lansing.
Lansing Adoption Professionals and Adoption Agencies
For adoptive parents and birth mothers alike, one of the first steps in the adoption process is to choose an adoption professional to work with. Your adoption professional will provide the services and guidance you need to complete the adoption.
If you prefer to work with a local agency, the following adoption professionals in Lansing may be able to assist you:
How to Become a Foster Parent in Lansing
To become a foster parent or to adopt from the foster care system in Michigan, you will need to meet certain state qualifications. Information about becoming a foster parent in Michigan is available through our Adoption in Michigan page and the Michigan Adoption Resource Exchange.
The following local agencies and resources can also provide additional information about foster care in Lansing:
Home Study Providers in Lansing
For adoptive parents, the home study is one of the most important parts of every adoption and foster care process. The Michigan home study includes the following elements:
- Personal interviews
- Home visits
- Interviews of references
- Criminal records checks
- Physical exam
For more information about what to expect during the home study process, visit our Michigan adoption page.
It is important to choose the right professional to complete your adoption home study and ensure it complies with all state laws and requirements. To get started, contact a home study provider in your area:
- Adoption Associates
Adoption Associates completes home studies for families adopting children from countries throughout Africa, Asia and the Americas.
- Keane Center for Adoption
The staff at the Keane Center for Adoption routinely complete expert home study and post-placement services for adoptive parents who are working with adoption attorneys, out-of-state agencies and family adoptions.
- Child & Parent Services
Child & Parent Services is a licensed nonprofit adoption agency that provides post-adoption services and support and facilitates home studies for interstate, attorney-assisted and international adoptions.
- All God’s Children
All God’s Children is a Hague accredited agency that offers home study services to Michigan families, including families adopting from another agency.
Hospitals in Lansing
One of the most emotional parts of the adoption process, both for birth parents and adoptive families, is the time spent in the hospital when the baby is born. It is entirely up to the birth mother to decide how she would like her hospital stay to go.
If you are making an adoption plan for your baby, you will work with your adoption professional and your delivery hospital to ensure everything happens exactly as you want it to. When you are ready to begin creating your hospital plan, here are some Lansing maternity hospitals that may be able to assist you:
- Family Birth Place – McLaren Greater Lansing
401 West Greenlawn
Lansing, MI 48910
- Sparrow Hospital
1215 E. Michigan Avenue
Lansing, MI 48912
Adoption Laws and Qualifications
Some of the most common questions for those considering adoption in Lansing are about local adoption laws and regulations. Adoption laws are determined by the state and are the same in Lansing as they are in Detroit, Grand Rapids and anywhere else in the state.
The following provides an overview of the types of laws and regulations in place in Michigan.
Adoption Laws for Birth Parents
For prospective birth parents, some of the most important adoption laws are those regarding consent and relinquishment. Michigan statutes regulate who must consent to an adoption, when and how consent can be executed, when consent becomes irrevocable, and more. This information, along with additional information about birth parent rights, can be found here.
Laws for Adoptive Families
Many hopeful adoptive parents wonder whether they are eligible to adopt, what adoption expenses they are permitted to pay, and the types of adoption professionals who may advertise or facilitate an adoption. An outline of these and other Michigan adoption laws is included with our Michigan adoption information.
At the end of the adoption process, every adoption must be finalized in family court. If you are adopting in Lansing, Michigan, find information about finalizing your adoption in your county:
Things to do in Lansing
If you are adopting a child from Lansing, you may find yourself spending some time in the city, either visiting prospective birth parents or waiting for ICPC paperwork to be processed. Here are some fun ways to spend your time if you are looking for things to do in Lansing: