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


Chief Operating Officer
Sidney F. Burton


Child Placement Supervisor,
Shannon Coe (not pictured)



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Child Placement Specialist 
Alissa Schafer BSW, MSW candidate






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Our Board

Lakeisha Dulin


Jamie Kwiatkowski


Emily Jacobson



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Our Families

Sally and Seth

Mike & Phil

Lisa & Matt, and Owen

Kim and Matt

Kim and Ryan, plus 6 (Available for placement after November 1, 2018.)

Kellyn and Kyle, and Jabori (This couple has recently been selected for placement in Fall 2018 but are open to being matched to another!)
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John & Sara

Jenny and Michael

Jamilah & Ryan 

Jacquie & Matthew

Doug and Greg, and Conor and Lochlin
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Cory and Derik   Currently matched, please consider another of our wonderful families!)

Chris and Christina

Brittany and Justin

Beth and Stu
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Ashley & Carl

Andrea & Jarred, plus one (Currently matched, please consider another of our wonderful families!)
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Anne & Jacob
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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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