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Building and supporting families since 1999

More... Our Mission    

Our Mission:
Hands Across The Water is dedicated to building and supporting families, committed to the belief that every child deserves a home and loving family.

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We believe every child deserves a strong family. 

More... Our Staff    

Our staff are dedicated to supporting and strengthening families through a wide range of supportive services, including parent education, counseling and case management.  We are a provider of foster care services, as well as adoption services for children and families.

More... We are LGBT Friendly!    



HATW follows a non-discrimination practice and does not establish our screening criteria based on race, creed, color, ethnicity, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression or national origin.

More... ART VAN Charity Challenge    

You can help Hands Across The Water by donating to the Art Van Charity Challenge! Go to


Information & Orientation Meetings

Foster Parent Orientation
Tue May 09 @ 1:00PM - 04:00PM
Foster Care Orientation
Tue May 16 @ 6:00PM - 09:00PM
Foster Parent Orientation-Monroe office
Thu Jun 01 @ 6:00PM - 09:00PM
Foster Parent Orientation
Tue Jun 13 @ 1:00PM - 04:00PM
Foster Care Orientation
Tue Jun 20 @ 6:00PM - 09:00PM
Explore Your Adoption Options!
Wed Jun 21 @ 6:00PM - 07:00PM

Classes & Groups

A-OK Group (Adopt/Foster Older Kids)
Wed May 17 @ 6:30PM - 08:00PM
A-OK Group (Adopt/Foster Older Kids)
Wed Jun 21 @ 6:30PM - 08:00PM

Latest News


We have some exciting new everyone!!!

Hands Across the Water has been chosen to compete in the Art Van Charity Challenge.

The Challenge ends April 25th and the organization to raise the most money will receive an additional $100,000 from Art Van!!

Go to  and make a donation today!


HATW is seeking to renew our Hague Accreditation! The Council on Accreditation (COA), a national accrediting entity designated by the US Department of State to provide Hague Accreditation and Approval, invites the public to provide comment on intercountry adoption service providers seeking Hague Accreditation, Approval or Renewal. You are invited to provide comments through COA’s website at:

Big House 5K-April 9th

We are excited to be a part of Trail To The Victors-Presented by Toyota. Six local non-profits, including HATW, have been chosen to benefit from this exciting event! Click here for more info & to register!

2017 Teen Adoptee Group

Our first 6-week cycle of 2017 is quickly approaching! HATW Teen Adoptee Group (TAG) will meet TUESDAYS from 6-7:30pm starting February 21st.  This group is open to any teen adoptee between the ages of 11-15.

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Join Our Team!

Employment opportunities at HATW! Click here

Family Stories

  **The children in the photos posted on our website are not available for adoption

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