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Jun 20

Virtual Waiting Family Forum & Teen Spotlight event

Event date: 6/20/2024 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM Export event

MARE is hosting two Adoption events in one night! 

Waiting Family Forum, on 6/20/24 from 5:30pm-7:00pm. Please join us starting at 5:20pm via Zoom. 

The process of waiting to be matched with a child can be exciting, confusing and frustrating at times. To assist you through this process, the MARE Adoption Navigators are hosting a Waiting Family Forum. Join us and learn exactly what happens to your inquiries after you submit them on the MARE website at; find out what you can do to make the most of your wait time; learn ways to strengthen your inquiries; get tips on how to effectively advocate for your family; and meet other waiting families.
Families who are approved to adopt and those waiting for their homestudy to be approved are welcome to attend. 

Teen Spotlight, on 6/20/24 from 7:00pm-8:30pm. Please join us at 7:00pm via Zoom. 

Join us to learn more about some of MARE's waiting teens. Adoption Workers will be in attendance so families can ask any questions they have directly with no waiting to hear back. Your family might be the perfect fit for one of the featured youth! You MUST be approved for adoption and/or licensed for foster care to attend. 

Pre-registration is required. Please complete the questions below. You can register for one of these events or both. The training is Free. You will be asked to complete a brief satisfaction survey at the conclusion of the training and we will email you a training certificate if requested. 

This training will be taking place on Zoom only. You will receive a reminder and the Zoom login information a few days before the events. We will also be emailing you the PowerPoint presentation along with handouts for the WFF.  As you enter the training your microphone will be automatically muted. We do ask to turn your camera on so everyone can ask questions and participate.  

Register here:

If you have any further questions, please contact the MARE Adoption Navigator Supervisor via email at or by phone at 1-800-589-6273.        


Jun 22

Register for a Meet & Greet!

Event date: 6/22/2024 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM Export event

Michigan Adoption Resource Exchange (MARE) would like to invite you to register for a Meet & Greet! We hope to help youth and families make connections at our in-person meet and greets! So come join us for an afternoon of fun!

Saturday June 22, 2024

11 AM - 2 PM (Youth and Families plan to arrive at 10:30 AM for registration and a brief orientation. The debrief and exit surveys will begin at 1:30 PM.)

Holland, 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 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 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 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



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