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 600 families who have adopted over 700 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 relative adoptions, and direct consent placements where the child’s parents choose the family who adopts their child.

Over the years we have 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, and there is something that other loving hearts could offer 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

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

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Chief Operating Officer
Sidney F. Burton
sidneyb@greaterhopes.org

Child Placement Supervisor, LMSW
Shannon Coe (not pictured)
shannonc@greaterhopes.org
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Child Placement Specialist
Alissa Schafer BSW, MSW candidate
alissas@greaterhopes.org

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Child Placement Specialist
Drew Graber, BA
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
Matched! Please consider another of our wonderful families!
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Jamilah & Ryan
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Anne & Jacob
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Jenny and Michael

Ashley & Carl
Matched! Please consider another of our wonderful families!
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Beth and Stu, plus one
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Sally and Seth
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Kim and Ryan, plus 6
This family wishes to adopt a child with Down syndrome
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Andrea & Jarred, plus one
Matched! Please consider another of our wonderful families!
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Brittany and Justin
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Mike & Phil
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Doug and Greg, Conor and Lochlin
Matched! Please consider another of our wonderful families!
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Jacquie & Matthew
Placement made! Please consider another of our wonderful families!
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Cory and Derik, plus one
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Jason and Sydney, plus one
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Leah and Matt

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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!