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Approximately 3,000 Michigan foster children are available for adoption at any one time. Among these children, nearly 300 have no identified adoptive family. We need your help to give these children a forever home.

3 easy steps to adopt

Check out the starter posts for an overview of the state’s adoption program.

Contact Michigan Adoption Resource Exchange (MARE) to get started, 1-800-589-6273. MARE provides you with all the resources you need and connects you with a licensed adoption agency. The MARE site also provides photos and information about Michigan children available for adoption.

Visit AdoptUSKids.org. Whether you’re just beginning the fostering or adoption process, awaiting placement, or looking for post-adoption resources, they have step-by-step information, nationwide photo listings, and more.

Understanding the Michigan Adoption Program

When the state cannot return an adoptive child to their home, the goal is to place children in adoptive homes as soon as possible after parental rights end.

Working with private agencies, MDHHS staff search for adoptive families who will best meet the child’s needs. Wherever possible, adoptive placements are made with parents and foster parents and every effort is made to keep siblings together.

Michigan has been recognized as a leader for its innovative approach to adoption and its high adoptive placement rates. The success of Michigan’s program can be attributed to the unique partnership between public and private agencies responsible for planning the adoption and placement of adoptive children who become permanent wards.

The Department of Social Services does not handle all types of adoptions. Adoption by parental consent occurs when the biological parents consent directly, in court, to the adoption of their child. For more information on direct placement adoptions, international adoptions, stepparent adoptions, or any other type of adoption where a child is not in permanent guardianship, contact a licensed private adoption agency in your county or circuit court.

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