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Events Calendar

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This calendar features events hosted by or for congregations, businesses, and community organizations with a focus on helping children and families in Michigan.

To add your community or faith-based foster care meeting or event to this calendar, email Trina Richardson at

For all other community and faith-based events, email the Office of Community and Faith Engagement at

Be sure to include the event title, date and time, location, description and contact information.




MARE 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. 

Dates for Meet & Greets (formerly called MARE Match Parties) are unique events that provide prospective adoptive families the chance to interact face-to-face with many of Michigan’s waiting youth.  It allows them to see past the labels, diagnoses and case histories that mask the personalities of each child.  They also provide the children a chance to enjoy a fun day filled with various games and activities.  These events are held throughout the state at various churches and community centers.  They are typically held on Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and lunch will be provided.  It is our hope that many matches will be made in an effort to find our waiting youth their forever families.   

Registration for Meet & Greets and trainings are usually posted on the MARE website 3-4 weeks before the event or call 1-800-589-6273. For more information regarding upcoming events hosted by the Michigan Adoption Resource, please go to: under Events

Upcoming MARE events:

2/16/19: Michigan Adoption Resource Exchange, Meet & Greet-Portage, MI 11am-2pm

2/16/19: Michigan Adoption Resource Exchange Waiting Family Forum…training with Adoption Navigators, Portage, MI 2-4pm

2/16/19: Foster & Adoptive Parent training with Adoption Navigators, “Transracial Adoption”, trainer Kevin Hofmann, Royal Oak, 9:30am-2pm, Registration posted on MARE website under Events at

3/16/19: Michigan Adoption Resource Exchange, Meet & Greet-Grand Rapids, MI, 11am-2pm

4/13/19: Michigan Adoption Resource Exchange, Heart Gallery Grand Opening,Emagine Theater in Royal Oak, MI 10am-2pm

5/18/19: Michigan Adoption Resource Exchange, Meet & Greet-Sterling Heights, MI,11am-2pm

7/13/19: Michigan Adoption Resource Exchange, Meet & Greet-Metro Detroit, MI, 11am-2pm