Watch 'Instant Family' at two Oakland County movie theaters, learn how to become a foster or adoptive parent in Michigan

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Nov. 15, 2018                                                 

CONTACT: Bob Wheaton, 517-241-2112

LANSING, Mich. – Moviegoers at several showings of “Instant Family” at Great Lakes Crossing in Auburn Hills and Emagine Theater in Royal Oak can learn how they can become foster and adoptive parents.

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) will set up information tables and banners at AMC Star Great Lakes 25, 4300 Baldwin Road, Nov. 16-25 for the 7 p.m. “Instant Family” showing each day – with the exception of Thanksgiving. Staff will provide information about how to become a foster parent and answer questions.

The Michigan Adoption Resource Exchange (MARE) will be available at Emagine Royal Oak, 200 N. Main St., to answer moviegoers’ questions and provide information about the more than 300 children in Michigan who are available for adoption and do not have an identified family. MARE will be available on Friday, Nov. 16, from 5-10 p.m. and on Saturday Nov. 17 and Sunday Nov. 18 from noon to 5 p.m. 

The movie, starring Mark Wahlberg, Rose Byrne and Octavia Spencer, tells the story of a family who adopts from foster care. It is inspired by the experiences of director Sean Anders, who adopted three siblings from foster care.

“Michigan has about 13,700 children in foster care at any given time,” said MDHHS Director Nick Lyon. “We need foster families in Metro Detroit and around the state to keep these children safe and to care for them until they can be returned to their family – which is the priority as long as it’s safe – or find a loving adoptive home.”

MDHHS is partnering with the two theaters, MARE and The New Foster Care. The movie prominently features the website of AdoptUSKids, a partner of MDHHS. Anyone who is considering becoming a foster parent in Michigan can call 855-MICHKIDS to speak to a Foster Care Navigator who is an experienced foster parent. Anyone interested in adopting in Michigan can call 800-589- MARE to speak with an Adoption Navigator who is an experienced adoptive parent. Or learn more about foster care and adoption at

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