Register and Photolist a Child

The first step in utilizing MARE services for a waiting child is to register and photolist the child with MARE. Registering a child is a simple process in which the child’s social worker completes the MARE Child Registration and forwards it to MARE. Click here for a hard copy version of the form. Once we receive it, your Child Services Coordinator will begin the matching process for this child.  A child’s information will be entered into the MARE database, and the needs of the child will be compared with the criteria of families registered with MARE. If any potential matches are identified, MARE will forward the family’s homestudy directly to the child’s social worker. Follow-up on such referrals is done by the child’s social worker.

After a child is registered, the child will be added to MARE online matching.  This program gives social workers and homestudied families the opportunity to search for waiting children and families who are registered with MARE.  See Frequently Asked Questions.

The MARE Online Photolisting is available our website and consists of descriptions and photographs of children registered with MARE. Children can be photolisted if they are legally free or at legal risk. In order for a child to appear in the MARE Photolisting, please also submit a close-up photo of the child. The picture can be sent either as a color hardcopy in the mail or via email to the Child Services Coordinator assigned to your office. Please note that emailed photos must be in .JPG format and include the child’s full name and date of birth in the email.

For sibling groups, MARE must receive a Child Registration for each child as well as individual photos and a group photo.

All waiting children who are legally free and are in the Online Photolisting may also be featured in the national AdoptUsKids website.

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