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 https://www.crowdrise.com/hands-across-the-water-artvanchallenge  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:  http://coanet.org/accreditation/hague-accreditation-and-approval/public-comment/

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!

Employment opportunities at HATW! Click here

 Are you interested in becoming a part of our Board?

Kathleen Nelson, founder & executive director of Hands Across The Water since 1999 will be retiring November 30, 2016. Kathi has been instrumental in helping to create so many families throughout the past 17 years. Her belief that every child deserves a family was the driving force of the agency and her passion for creating families through adoption inspired so many of us. She will be missed!

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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HATW is pleased to announce the addition of our satellite offices in Monroe & Macomb Counties!

More info here

Find out more here!

A sweet story about adopting a foster child.

The Washtenaw County Foster Care Coalition will host its 2nd annual Raise Hope and Foster Dreams 5k Walk and Run on Saturday, September, 27, 2014 at Rolling Hills County Park to support local foster children and their families.

That first moment is so special & emotional. Please watch this video.

The Washtenaw County Foster Care Coalition will host its 2nd annual Raise Hope and Foster Dreams 5k Walk and Run on Saturday, September, 27, 2014 at Rolling Hills County Park to support local foster children and their families.

Interesting facts about Foster Care. Throughout the month, information will be posted. Please share this this info to increase awareness and maybe help a child!

Check out this concise, realistic how-to guide to fostering that summarizes what to expect as a foster parent, and gives hope and immediate hands-on solutions. Also available in the HATW library!

Join us at the opening of the 2014 Michigan Heart Gallery!  Saturday, April 5th

The Internet cheers for little girl whose adoption is finally finalized!

Check out the Top 10 Ways to make the 1st day with you an easier one from a foster child's perspective!

Check out Love Gives Chances Foundation launched by Cassidy Mack, who will portray Zoey, on Disney's Zoey to the Max, starting later this year. Zoey is a 13 year old foster child who navigates the foster care system. Cassidy Mack herself was adopted from foster care at age six.

Good read...A wonderful thought to start the new year!

Another successful year! Read more!

Check out Foster Care Blog Spot

Check out this great story on a Michigan couple building their family through adoption.

Check out the latest blog entry on Foster Parents Anywhere at:Foster Parenting Blog Site  Lots of good information and an opportunity to share experiences.

"American Seoul" A series of video blogs sets out to challenge the stigma faced by those who have been internationally adopted.  

Chela's in Ann Arbor are organizing a Latin American Festival July 12th!!

HATW is actively recruiting families for the new Mexico Program!

One-to-One Orphanage Program and discounted fees.

What is Inquisitive Minds? A workshop for adoptive parents of young children (ages 3-7) 

An interesting & thought provoking look at a Mother's photo series as it spotlights the racist comments directed at her daughters adopted from China. Facebook page found here

Adopting Abroad: rule changes hurting International Adoption?

"Long Way Home: The Jessica Long Story" profiles Jessica Long, a world-class swimmer, 12-time Paralympic gold medalist, and 21-year old American from a Baltimore suburb, who was born in Russia and adopted by American parents.

New law brings adoptee birthdate records into accord!

Haunting video  and article about Romania adoption.

Wonderful story of a girl adopted as an infant from Paraguay who will compete in the 2014 Olympics representing her birth country.

Amid partisan conflict, support to encourage international adoption addressed in Congress.

Interesting article!


A couple shares their journey.

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Bulgarian children in need of families! Please visit our Facebook page for information.

Click for more info!

Michigan's Governor Rick Snyder signed into law yesterday, Tuesday, April 15th, legislation designed to improve the adoption process.

A birth mother shares her thoughts about making an open adoption plan.

The Michigan Senate has passed three House-passed bills designed to speed up adoptions.

Interesting open adoption story.

Kevin Hoffman is an adult adoptee who wrote the very good book Growing up Black in White. He also has a blog that is well worth the read. His most recent post has to do with maintaining relationships after a birth family reunion.

The Info Meeting & Foster Parent Orientation scheduled for this evening have been cancelled due to low registration.

With tax time just around the corner, here are some resources you may be interested in. Bills Tax Service has some articles on their website as well as a free webinar.

Here is a wonderful article about open adoption!

Some tips for adoptive parents (and foster parents too).

Join this Q&A Webinar on independent domestic adoption on January 22, 2014!

Good article about a transracial family's experience.

When divorce magnifies adoption's losses. Good read.

Check out this worthwhile live webinar Wednesday, Jan. 22. The panel: an adopted person, a birth mom and an adoptive mom - reflects back on their own experiences with adoption and pose questions to each other giving adoptive parents insight into many universal adoption themes

Due to extreme weather conditions, HATW office will be closed Monday, January 6, 2014.

Hope other states will follow suit in allowing adult adoptees access to original birth records. 

Finding forever families! Read story here

A Valentine greeting from the Embryo Adoption Awareness Center!

Check out this recent clip! (click here)

Experience the joy of pregnancy and give birth to your child through embryo adoption.

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