When the state cannot return a foster child to their home, the goal is to place children into adoptive homes as quickly as possible after parental rights have been terminated.
Together with private agencies, MDHHS (Michigan Department of Health and Human Services) staff searches for adoptive families that will best meet the needs of the child. Whenever possible, adoptive placements are made with relatives and foster parents and every effort is made to keep siblings together.
Michigan has been recognized as a leader for our innovative approach to adoption and our high adoptive placement rates. The success of Michigan's program can be attributed to the unique partnership between public and private agencies responsible for adoption planning and placement of foster children who become permanent wards.