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More than 300 children in foster care need adoptive homes 


Bruce is among the Michigan children who are available for adoption.

Mariah is among the Michigan children who are available for adoption.

Mariah, 15, is from Wayne County and enjoys playing cards and crocheting purses. 

Bruce, 13, is from Kent County and likes koala bears and french fries. He says he wishes for “family safety, for lots of love, and for the world to be a better place.” 

Bruce and Mariah are among the approximately 330 children in Michigan’s foster care system looking for loving adoptive homes. 

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services is sharing their stories during November, which has been proclaimed Adoption Month in Michigan by Gov. Rick Snyder. Nov. 21 is Adoption Day in Michigan. 

Anyone interested in adopting from foster care can contact the Michigan Adoption Resource Exchange at 800-589-6273 or see biographies and photos of children available for adoption, including Bruce and Mariah, at www.mare.org

MDHHS, in partnership with adoption agencies and the courts, works to find and create forever families through adoption. In fiscal year 2017, more than 1,900 children were adopted from the Michigan foster care system. 

“All children should have permanent homes to call their own,” said MDHHS Director Nick Lyon. “We appreciate the love and stability provided by our adoptive families and hope that more Michiganders will open their hearts to adoption.” 

People can adopt whether they’re single or married. They don’t have to be wealthy or own their own home, but must have adequate financial resources to provide for a family. 

Children in the foster care system become eligible for adoption following termination of parental rights due to abuse or neglect. There are about 13,000 children in the foster care system, but the goal for most of these children is reunification with their families. 

New families are becoming “official” at Adoption Day ceremonies around the state this month, including Nov. 21 at the Michigan Supreme Court Hall of Justice in Lansing. 

Details can be found on the Michigan Adoption Resource Exchange Adoption Day 

webpage, along with profiles of outstanding adoptive families and wishes being granted to the families this month. 

For more information about adoption in Michigan, visit www.michigan.gov/adoption

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Gifts that matter


 

Your donation to a nonprofit that gives foster kids holiday gifts can make a big difference in young lives.

(NAPS)—This holiday season, you can join forces with a nonprofit that helps thousands of kids in foster care open a gift with their name on the tag.

These children generally have very little in the way of luxury or even stuff they can call their own. And they rarely get presents.

One Woman’s Story

That was what Latasha Haynes’ life was like when the organization helped change her future forever by buying her a camera—her first.

“I didn’t get a lot of Christmas gifts,” said Haynes, now 35, “so that first camera was a huge deal.” Now a professional photographer, she travels the country with her husband, also a photographer, and their daughter.

The Organization

The nonprofit that helped Haynes, Treehouse, gives children meaningful holiday presents such as bikes and tablets every year through its Holiday Magic program.

In addition, its Little Wishes program provides financial support for extracurricular activities and other experiences essential to any child’s development. And the organization’s Graduation Success program has dramatically increased graduation rates for youth in foster care.

“This year we are proud to continue giving kids in foster care a childhood and a future,” said Janis Avery, CEO of Treehouse. “If you are looking for a way to share the spirit of giving, it’s easy to get involved.” 

What You Can Do

Visit www.treehouseforkids.org and click “Donate” to give directly. Or email drives@treehouseforkids.org to host your own donation drive. Nearly anyone can conduct a drive, from businesses to community groups and families.

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