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“Anyone who ever wondered how much they could love a child who did not spring from their own loins, know this: it is the same. The feeling of love is so profound, it's incredible and surprising.” - Nia Vardalos, 'Instant Mom'

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New to Adoption

Learn about adoption through foster care & find an agency near you.

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Meet the Children

Explore our database of children waiting to find permanent, loving homes.

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Complete required forms, view waiting families & contact MARE staff.

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Family Resources

Find post-adoption information and other resources.

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Adoption NavigatorsAdoption Navigators

Adoption Navigators

Adoption Navigators are experienced adoptive parents who offer guidance and personal knowledge of the adoption process to potential adoptive families.
Family RegistryFamily Registry

Family Registry

General Adoption Information InquiryGeneral Adoption Information Inquiry

General Adoption Information Inquiry

In Depth ProfilesIn Depth Profiles

In Depth Profiles

Match Support ProgramMatch Support Program

Match Support Program

MARE Match Support Program
New to AdoptionNew to Adoption

New to Adoption

This page is designed towards helping people learn more about the adoption process and answers our most frequently asked questions on how to adopt a child.
Adoptive Parenting ArticlesAdoptive Parenting Articles

Adoptive Parenting Articles



This page offers a list of frequently asked and answered questions on child adoption.
Find a Licensed AgencyFind a Licensed Agency

Find a Licensed Agency

Here you can find lists of licensed agencies throughout the entire state of Michigan. These lists include: foster care adoption agencies, special needs agencies, DHS contact information, infant adoption agencies, international adoption agencies, and pregnancy counseling.
Outside Michigan Links & ResourcesOutside Michigan Links & Resources

Outside Michigan Links & Resources

This page includes a list of state and region adoption resource exchanges outside of Michigan. Prospective families can also visit to find out more information on child adoption throughout the entire United States of America.
Post-Adoption InformationPost-Adoption Information

Post-Adoption Information

View Waiting ChildrenView Waiting Children

View Waiting Children

The View Waiting Children page displays all of the MARE children waiting to be adopted. To inquire about a child, just click on their name.
Child Functioning Level GuidelinesChild Functioning Level Guidelines

Child Functioning Level Guidelines

This page displays the Child Functioning level guidelines of children looking to be adopted.
Listed Children StatisticsListed Children Statistics

Listed Children Statistics

This page breaks down the number of children available for adoption per region in the state of Michigan by impairment type, gender, age, and race.
Recently MatchedRecently Matched

Recently Matched

This page is where users can see which children have been recently matched with a family or those that are no longer available for adoption.
Waiting Family ForumsWaiting Family Forums

Waiting Family Forums

MARE Meet & Greets are events that allow prospective adoptive parents the chance to interact with many waiting youth.
What is a MARE Meet & Greet?What is a MARE Meet & Greet?

What is a MARE Meet & Greet?

MARE Meet & Greets are events that allow prospective adoptive parents the chance to interact with many waiting youth.