Michigan always aims to place children who cannot return to their foster homes into adoptive homes as quickly as possible. However, the state observes certain requirements to ensure a child is in the right home. The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) staff works with private agencies to attain this.
Here are three factors they consider:
The needs of the child
MDHHS staff and private agencies usually search for adoptive families that will best meet the needs of a child. These include physical, emotional, mental and educational needs.
If a child has existing relationships, for instance, with a relative, a current/former foster parent(s) or someone not related to the child but has a strong positive emotional tie with them, the MDHHS and the respective private agency will consider this factor during placement.
A child is highly likely to be placed with an adoptive family they already have a positive relationship with. And whenever possible, the state will do its best to keep siblings together.
The MDHHS may make an exception to the above-discussed factors if good cause is shown. These include one or both of the child’s parents requesting the department to deviate from their preference, and if the child requests otherwise, that is, if they are of sufficient age and capacity to understand the decision that is being made.
Further, if a suitable family lives in a community where the child’s needs may be unavailable, the department may find another adoptive family.
Child placement can be complicated. It will be best to get legal guidance to make informed decisions whether you want to open your heart and home or are seeking to place your child for adoption.