Michigan Adoption Resource Exchange (MARE)

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3840 Packard Road
Ann Arbor, MI 48108
United States

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Friday9AM - 5PM
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The Michigan Adoption Resource Exchange (MARE) is a statewide information and referral service for families interested in adopting children from foster care, and for adoption workers looking for homes for these children. The MARE website provides a listing of waiting children in Michigan and of Michigan families interested in adopting children with special needs. To view waiting children, please visit the photolisting page.

MARE is not a placement service -- we do not provide care for waiting children and do not complete family homestudies or foster care licenses. Instead, MARE refers prospective parents to agencies and answers questions they might have about adoption and children with "special needs." MARE also provides technical assistance to adoption workers and agencies.

We encourage families who are interested in foster care adoption to be willing to consider at least two of the following characteristics:

  • Children over the age of 5; Caucasian children over the age of 9
  • Children who are part of a sibling group and must be placed in the same home
  • Children of a minority background
  • Children who have physical, emotional, developmental and/or learning needs

Services and information

  • Adoption

Requirements to become a foster parent

Parents can access the Michigan Foster Care Portal (MFCP), which is a tool that helps expedite licensure. The portal can track progress and list the next steps a foster parent needs to take. The MFCP also contains FAQs and helpful guides for parents.

In addition to online tools, foster families also receive some financial support. How much they receive depends on the child's age and needs. Parents may also be entitled to additional reimbursement that covers care costs.

Plus, foster families can access many local and state-wide support organizations and advocacy groups. These groups provide resources, answer questions, and are happy to help form connections between foster parents.

Your foster care agency is always there if you have questions or concerns. Their goal is to ensure the child's well-being and assist parents through the fostering process and beyond.

Another path you might want to consider is co-parenting with the birth parents. The end goal in most foster cases is to reunite a child with their parents or primary caregiver. You'll work with the birth parents anyway to set up visitations, and co-parenting can make your job easier.

Working further with the birth parents can also make the entire fostering process less stressful for a child. They won't feel as if they have to "choose" between homes and families.

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