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Jul 20

Register for a Meet & Greet!

Event date: 7/20/2022 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM Export event

Michigan Adoption Resource Exchange (MARE), would like to invite you to register for a Meet & Greet!  We hope to continue to connect youth and families over an afternoon of fun as we move back to some in-person meet and greets!   

  • WEDNESDAY, July 20th, 2022
  • 5 PM - 7 PM (registration at 4:30 PM)
  • Utica, MI

Waiting youth:  Priority will be given to youth without any pending inquiries through MARE, youth who have never been to a meet and greet and youth who were not in attendance at a recent MARE Meet and Greet. If a child participated in a recent meet and greet, all inquiries from the last event should be resolved before the child can attend the next event. Once a child has been registered, a confirmation email will be sent to their adoption worker with the zoom information for the event. All attending youth MUST be legally free for adoption, photo listed with MARE and listed as "Open" on the MARE website.

Please note when registering waiting youth: Adoption workers, if you register a youth for a meet and greet and you anticipate they will have a status change prior to the event date, please notify me so that we can discuss if it would be appropriate for that youth to still attend the event. 

Adoptive families:  Families will receive a confirmation email after MARE has spoken with their adoption worker to verify they have a completed adoption homestudy with the zoom details for the event.  All families must be approved for adoption to attend.  Please note:  It is MARE policy that only prospective adoptive parents participate in meet and greet events.  We ask that you do not have children/teens/other immediate or extended family members participate with you during the event.
To register, click the appropriate link below.  Registration can also be found on the MARE homepage or by contacting MARE directly.
Youth Registration
Family Registration

If you have any questions, please contact MARE Recruitment Specialist, Jessica Thompson at
We look forward to seeing you there!
There is a maximum capacity for these events! 

Sep 10

2022 Michigan Heart Gallery Grand Opening

Event date: 9/10/2022 10:30 AM - 2:00 PM Export event

The Michigan Heart Gallery is a traveling photographic exhibit featuring older youth in foster care who are awaiting a forever family through adoption.

The 2022 Michigan Heart Gallery Grand Opening event will take place on Saturday, September 10th, from 10:30AM until 2:00PM at Emagine Theater in Royal Oak. 

Schedule of Events:

10:30AM-11:00AM - Registration, Red Carpet and Photo Ops  - Lobby

11:00AM-Noon -  Feature Presentation - Theater

Noon-2:00PM - Lunch, Adoption info session with MARE adoption navigators in theater, viewing of the 2022 Heart Gallery display and speak with adoption professionals and mingle with the stars (our featured youth!) in the reception area.

Parking passes will be available upon arrival at the event when you check in at the registration table a voucher will be provided. The voucher should then be scanned as payment when exiting the parking structure. 


Registration link:



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