Providing Adoption & Foster Care Services & Support since 1999
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"We've been there, now we're here for you!"

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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 family. Children come first. Families need to be found for children....not children for families.

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We have adoption programs around the world and in the U.S. We are located in the state of Michigan, but can act as your placing agency, whatever state you live in.

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Our staff has been personally touched by adoption. We are here to help you navigate your own personal adoption journey to make your dreams come true.

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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 natural origin.

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"We've been there, now we're here for you!"

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Information & Orientation Meetings

General Information-WEBINAR
Thu Oct 08 @ 6:00PM - 07:00PM
International Programs WEBINAR
Mon Oct 12 @ 6:00PM - 07:00PM
Foster Care Evening Orientation
Tue Oct 20 @ 6:00PM - 09:00PM
General Information-WEBINAR
Thu Nov 12 @ 6:00PM - 07:00PM
Foster Care Evening Orientation
Tue Nov 17 @ 6:00PM - 09:00PM

Classes & Groups

A-OK Group (Adopt/Foster Older Kids)
Thu Oct 15 @ 6:30PM - 08:30PM
A-OK Group (Adopt/Foster Older Kids)
Thu Nov 19 @ 6:30PM - 08:30PM
A-OK Group (Adopt/Foster Older Kids)
Thu Dec 17 @ 6:30PM - 08:30PM

Latest News

Budgeting for Adoption Costs Webinar

This webinar, presented by Adoptive Families  and brought to you by America’s Christian Credit Union will discuss which expense categories families have control over, strategies for meeting the total costs of adoption, how to claim the adoption tax credit, adoption loans and grants, and more. Click here to register.

It's Time!!! Step Parent/Second Parent Adoption

HATW would like to help Michigan same sex couples who are now getting married or whose marriages are now  legally recognized complete the process for adoption. Secure the future of your family though Step Parent /Second Parent Adoption 

May is National Foster Care Month!

May is the month set aside to acknowledge foster parents, family members, volunteers, child welfare professionals & other members of the community who help children and youth in foster care find permanent homes and connections. FOSTER CARE AWARE in Washtenaw County.

Adopted Kids Group in MAY

Join us for the next session of the Adopted Kids Group. Ages 7-11


March- Adoption Groups for kids

This month begins new cycles of both the HATW Adopted Children's Group as well as the HATW Teen Adoptee Group!

The Adopted Children's Group will begin Monday, March 9, while the Teen Adoptee Group will begin Thursday, March 12. Both groups provide great opportunities for children and adolescents to explore topics related to adoption while expanding their social networks! For more information, feel free to call our office at (734) 477-0135 or contact Jared at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Family Stories

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

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