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

Executive Director, Chief Administrator,
Child Placement Supervisor
Cathy Raidna, MS, JD, BLSW


Child Placement Specialist/Supervisor- Adoption
Lindsay Hosack MSW, LLMSW


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Child Placement Specialist 
Alissa Schafer BSW, MSW candidate

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Our Board

Lakeisha Dulin


Jamie Kwiatkowski


Cherith DeVogel



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Our Families

Steve and Toni

Lisa and Matt, and Owen

Kim and Matt

Kellyn and Kyle, and Jabori
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John and Sara

Jamilah and Ryan

Cory and Derik

Chris and Kevin

Chris and Christina

Brian and Christina

Anne and Jacob

Doug and Greg, and Conor (This couple has recently been selected for placement in spring 2018 but are open to being matched to another!)


Ben and Daniel, Placement made! Please consider another one of our wonderful families!

Brooke and Phil, Placement made! Please consider another one of our wonderful families!

Heather and Jacob, Placement Finalized! Please consider another one of our wonderful families!a 2

Jackie and Kevin, Placement made! Please consider another one of our wonderful families!Kevin&Jackie

Scott and Tricia (Placement made! Please consider another one of our wonderful families!)behm

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Where is the office located?

Our office is located north of downtown Grand Rapids, MI at 1345 Monroe Ave. NW.  We are conveniently located near U.S. 131. Use the Leonard Street exit and go east on Leonard toward Monroe.

The building is just north of Leonard. You can’t miss the giant 1345 on the top of the building. There is also a street level sign that says “Coopers Landing”. Please park in the back where you will find free parking. Enter through the middle glass doors labeled “Cooper’s Landing Main Entrance” and proceed to the second floor via the stairs or elevator.

If you have an appointment, we will meet you by the couches in the reception area. If you do not have an appointment, please call ahead to insure someone is in the office. (616) 451-0245

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