In 2011, MARE welcomed the addition of the Adoption Navigators to our program. Adoption Navigators are experienced adoptive parents who offer guidance and personal knowledge to potential adoptive families. They have years of parenting experience, resource and service finding skills, and knowledge of foster care, infant & older, and domestic & international adoption procedures.
You will often find Navigators attending community coalition meetings, sitting on both parent and professional panels, staffing Meet and Greets, and participating in other statewide adoption events. Our Navigators love getting out of the office and meeting the families they work with! Navigators are also a great resource for families that need help advocating for themselves with their agency and teaching families where to find resources around the state.
Families who contact MARE for information on adopting children through foster care are given the option to work with a Navigator to help guide them through the process. Having a Navigator is a free, voluntary service and families are not required to have a Navigator to contact MARE for any questions.
To contact a MARE Adoption Navigator, call us at 800-589-6273 or fill out our online form here to have a Navigator contact you.
For families who have already started working with an adoption agency, becoming a registered family on the MARE website is your next step! Follow our handy Family User Guide to walk you through the registration, log in, and inquiry process.