Events

Orientation Meetings

Before you apply to adopt, state law requires you to attend an Orientation Meeting. 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. Feel free to bring your own favorite beverage or a meal if needed, but we will serve refreshments, delicious specialty coffee drinks, hot cocoas, tea lattes, and other beverages!

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

  • January 14th
  • January 30, 1 PM (Added due to increased interest. If you would like to attend please text 616-451-0245 or email cathyr@greaterhopes.org to RSVP)
  • February 13
  • March 5
  • April 2
  • May 7
  • June 4
  • July 2
  • August 6
  • September 3
  • October 1
  • November 5
  • December 3

We are looking forward to meeting you!

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Support Group/Adoptive Family 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:

January 16
February 20
March 19
April 16
May 9, 10 A.M. (Birthparent Appreciation Brunch! We love help from our adoptive FamilyPartners!)
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!)
December (HOLIDAY PARTY!)

Please email cathyr@greaterhopes.org for more information!

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