Events

For the time being we will NOT BE CONDUCTING IN-PERSON MEETINGS, but will instead be using alternative means to connect with you. Please use the appropriate scheduler below to register for your desired meeting. We will let you know the way in which we will connect. Thank you for your understanding and please stay safe!

 

Orientation Meetings

Before you apply to adopt, state law requires you to attend an Orientation Meeting. UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE, THESE MEETINGS WILL OCCUR ONLINE TO KEEP EVERYONE AS SAFE AND HEALTHY AS POSSIBLE. DETAILS ABOUT HOW WE WILL DO THIS ARE BEING WORKED OUT BUT PLEASE STILL REGISTER TO ATTEND AS BABIES AND CHILDREN STILL WILL NEED A PLACE TO CALL HOME. Discussion topics include:

  • Types of adoption programs
  • Children served through adoption
  • The adoption process
  • Current laws
  • Agency policies, fees, and information regarding support services available
  • Time for all of your questions

There is no charge to attend these meetings The meetings are generally scheduled once a month.

Meetings will last as long as necessary to cover the required information and answer your questions. That could be anywhere from 90 minutes to 3 hours all depending on how the discussion goes. 

2020 Adoption Orientation Dates start at 5:30 PM unless otherwise indicated. Please visit our orientation meeting page to RSVP.

  • May 7
  • June 4
  • July 2
  • August 6
  • September 3
  • October 1
  • November 5
  • December 3

We are looking forward to meeting you!

Also, you may request our complete Program Manual which contains all written policies, procedures and program statements available for your review by emailing cathyr@greaterhopes.org

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We offer three great opportunities for support groups in these areas:
**** Partner Family/Adoptive Parent
**** Birthmother
**** Infertility Discussion

 

Partner Family/Adoptive Parent Meetings

These interesting meetings provide an avenue for families working with our children to come together, ask for help and to support each other. Great relationships are developed among our adoptive families which is very helpful in your lifelong adoption experience. We discuss the challenges, questions and successes happening in our families’ lives. Families also get the training required by law. Agency updates occur at these meetings as well. In 2020 these monthly meetings will generally occur the third Thursday of each month starting at 6 PM with the bolded exceptions as follows:

STARTING IN MARCH ON THE 19TH AND UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE, THESE MEETINGS WILL OCCUR ONLINE every Monday night at 6:30 PM TO KEEP EVERYONE AS SAFE AND HEALTHY AS POSSIBLE. Email cathyr@greaterhopes.org for details of our video meetings!

When we start meeting live again, this is our anticipated schedule:

May 9, 10 A.M. (Birthparent Appreciation! We love help from our adoptive FamilyPartners!)
May 21
June 18
July 16
August (BIG OL’ FUN PICNIC, contact Cathy at 616.451.0245 for details!)
September 17
October 15
November 19 (THANKSGIVING POTLUCK with Birthmother Support Group!)
December (HOLIDAY PARTY!)

 

Birthmother meetings

UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE, THESE MEETINGS WILL OCCUR ONLINE each Thursday night at 7 PM TO KEEP EVERYONE AS SAFE AND HEALTHY AS POSSIBLE. Email cathyr@greaterhopes.org for details of our video meetings!

When we are ready to meet LIVE again this is what it looks like: We start with a light supper from 5:30-6 PM and then talk about things related to your birthmother experiences. Free child care is provided! These meetings generally occur on the fourth Thursday of each month with the bolded exceptions as noted below. 

May 9, 10 AM Birthparent Appreciation Event
May 28 Childcare provided by John & Sara
June 25 Childcare provided by Jenny & Michael
July 30 Childcare provided by Chad & Stacy and Seth & Sally
August (BIG OL’ FUN PICNIC, contact Cathy at 616.451.0245 for details!)
August 27
September 24
October 22
November 19 (THANKSGIVING POTLUCK with Adoptive Family support group!)
December HOLIDAY PARTY

 

Infertility Discussion Support Group 

These meetings are for those who experience infertility or secondary infertility. We talk about your questions and challenges in growing your family. We currently meet online and our next meeting is Tuesday April 21 at 5:30 PM. Please email cathyr@greaterhopes.org for more information!

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