Supportive Connections

 How can you help?

We all know it is sad to lose someone we love or something important to us. The children we serve have lost enough in their short lifetimes that we can call their experience trauma. Children who have experienced trauma need many, many people to help. Would you like to be a part of that team?

Children and their families need new friends who can serve as mentors; sometimes a foster family is needed to keep a child safe while his family works through some tough circumstances; and sometimes an adoptive home is needed.

Please join Greater Hopes at an Orientation Meeting where you can learn more about these children and how you can help. We will discuss the roles of Family Friends, other volunteers, foster families and adoptive families. Generally we meet the second Thursday of each month from 7-9 PM at 1345 Monroe NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49505. See our Events page to confirm meeting times, sometimes we meet during a different week.

(Afterall, it takes a village to raise a child.)

Have you met the wonderful people at the Adoptive Family Support Network (AFSN)? “AFSN provides reliable direction for families who are considering adoption or who have already adopted. We give adoptive parents access to a network of people who can provide answers and share experiences. This important work gives parents the confidence to adopt, and helps keep adoptive families together. A confident parent is a successful parent.”


Did you know the Michigan Adoption Resource Exchange (MARE) is more than just a photolisting of waiting children? It has many resources for you too!


The Post Adoption Resource Center (PARC) offers post adoption support services to families who have adopted children through the State of Michigan foster care system. PARC provides crisis service to families, referrals to community services, monthly support groups, and education. Find PARC near you!