About Us

Our Vision

We help children grow and develop in the healthiest manner possible given each child’s individual history by providing safe, loving, understanding, and permanent families.

Our Mission

Greater Hopes tenderly cares for children and families by thoughtfully providing excellent and ethical family planning and adoption services.

Important Philosophies

We believe that when children are adopted they have the need and the right to be aware of, and connected to, their personal heritage as well as being connected to the adoptive family who has accepted the rights and responsibilities of parenthood.

The principles of loving one another, sharing, forgiveness, grace and service to others flow throughout our programs.

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Our story

Greater Hopes Inc., a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, was founded in September 1997. It became a licensed child placing agency on January 15, 1998. Since then we have worked with over 700 families who have adopted over 800 children from all over the USA and 13 other countries. We have helped children of all ages be placed with loving adoptive families. Greater Hopes supports direct consent placements where the child’s parents choose the family who adopts their child.

In the past we recruited families to adopt Michigan’s foster children who have been waiting for a forever family, and currently we assist families in finding the right agency to help them get started in the foster-adopt process.

The heart of our story is that we work hard to do everything we can to help children become a part of a loving family and supportive community of people who care. We cannot do it without the help of others who adopt these children as well as embrace the families who brought them into this world.

And, there is something that other loving hearts can do to help.  Please read our page, Get Involved to see how YOU can be a part of Greater Hopes for these children.

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Our Staff



Cathy Raidna, MS, JD, LBSW
Executive Director, Chief Administrator,
Child Placement Supervisor
cathyr@greaterhopes.org

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Sidney F. Burton
Chief Operating Officer/Case Aide
sidneyb@greaterhopes.org


Shannon Coe, LMSW
Child Placement Supervisor
shannonc@greaterhopes.org


Sandy Recker, BA, LBSW
Child Placement Supervisor
sandrar@greaterhopes.org


Drew Graber, BA
Child Placement Specialist
drewg@greaterhopes.org

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Our Board 

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Jamie Kwiatkowski

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Emily Jacobson

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Maggie Doyle


Honorary: Lakeisha Dulin

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Our Families

Lisa & Matt, and Owen
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John & Sara
Sara and John

Kellyn and Kyle, plus 1
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Chris and Christina, plus two
Placement made! 
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Jamilah and Ryan
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Anne & Jacob

Jenny and Michael

Ashley & Carl
Placement made! But ready to adopt again!

Sally and Seth
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Kim and Ryan, plus 6
Matched! Please consider another one of our loving families!
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Andrea & Jarred, plus one
Placement finalized! Please consider another of our wonderful families!
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Brittany and Justin
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Doug and Greg, Conor and Lochlin
Matched! Please consider another one of our loving families!
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Jacquie & Matthew
Placement finalized! Please consider another of our wonderful families!
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Jason and Sydney, plus one
Placement made! Please consider another of our wonderful families!
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Leah and Matt

Chris and Kevin, plus one

Autumn and Richie

Ben and Katie

Katy and Andy

Ryan and Lisa

Chad & Stacy

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Facilities

Our office is located in Wyoming, MI near the corner of 28th Street and Byron Center. Our address is 2453 28th St. SW.  It is best to use one of the driveways further away from our office, to either the left or the right. You may park to the right of the building, or in back.

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We welcome walk-ins but if you do not have an appointment, please call or text to insure someone is in the office. (616) 451-0245 Thank you! We look forward to meeting you!

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Our Supporters are very much appreciated!