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Special Needs Adoption Program

Serving children who are in foster care due to abuse and/or neglect

The Special Needs Adoption Program’s service philosophy is to identify loving and permanent families for children in Michigan’s foster care system who are legally free for adoption. These children can range from 0 to 18 years of age and may display a variety of behavioral/emotional, educational/developmental, medical/physical and mental health needs.
Part of the adoption worker’s role is to prepare the children and families for adoption.  To achieve this, the adoption worker thoroughly assesses each child’s history and needs to determine the best type of family to meet his/her needs.  The family will complete an application packet and be assigned to an adoptionworker who will complete a family assessment/home study. 
The adoption worker is involved in the thoughtful and deliberate process of selecting families for children and assisting the family and child with the transition to the adoptive home.  Once the child is in the adoptive home, the adoption worker provides support and referral services. 

D.A. Blodgett - St. John’s Special Needs Adoption Program is seeking families who are able to care for older children (8 and up), large sibling groups (3 or more), children with moderate to severe needs and medically fragile children.  D.A. Blodgett - St. John’s does not charge fees for the Special Needs Adoption Program.  

To learn more about adopting through D.A. Blodgett-St. John’s Special Needs Adoption Program
attend an orientation --> click here for our events calendar. 

To view our children waiting to be adopted click here.

To read Lori and Brad's Story, click here.