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30 Days of Adoption Wishes

In honor of November as National Adoption Month, the Michigan Adoption Resource Exchange and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services are highlighting exceptional adoptive families by setting out to fulfill 30 wishes of 30 adoptive families in 30 days in the month of November.



Eligibility Criteria:

  • The family must have finalized an adoption through Michigan’s foster care system
  • The family must currently reside in Michigan
  • At least one adopted child must be currently living in the adoptive home and is 18 or under

Examples of wishes:

  • family zoo membership
  • e-reader to provide access to literature
  • digital camera to create life books
  • backpacks and school supplies
  • craft and art supplies
  • movie tickets
  • passes to an amusement park or museum
  • gift certificate for a family dinner
  • outdoor toys
  • family board games

Selection and Recognition:

The 30 families who will be recognized will be selected via a panel of judges who will review the nomination information, sans identifying information for the family.

One family’s adoption story and photo will be featured per day throughout the month of November on the MARE website and MARE and DHHS social media outlets.

The 30 selected families will be granted a wish to benefit their family and will be presented with their wish at regional adoption month celebrations throughout the state.

Please be sure to include in your nomination narrative specific examples of how the nominated family demonstrates any of the following qualities:

  • commitment
  • resourcefulness
  • works collaboratively
  • creativity
  • patience
  • flexibility
  • perseverance
  • advocacy skills
  • exemplary 


  1. Wishes may range in cost, but should not exceed $200.
  2. Wishes should benefit and/or enrich the entire family/household.
  3. Fulfillment of specific wish requests is not guaranteed for nominated or selected spotlight families. 
  4. Only families who have a finalized adoption through Michigan’s foster care system and who currently live in Michigan are eligible for this recognition program.
  5. Self-entries will not be accepted and winners from the previous year will not be considered.
  6. Nominations must be submitted by 5:00PM on Friday, August 30, 2019. No late nominations will be accepted.

For more information, contact Michelle Parra, MARE Program Manager at (734) 528-2038 or




Michigan Adoption Day

Michigan Adoption Day is celebrated in November of each year.  Participating courts finalize adoptions, hold parties for adoptive families, and educate the public about the adoption process. Michigan Adoption Day is co-sponsored by the Michigan Supreme Court, Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, Michigan Adoption Resource Exchange, and the Child Welfare Services Division of the State Court Administrative Office.

There will be many adoptions finalized throughout the state during the month of November.   Helping create forever families for our waiting youth is something worth celebrating!  See below for a list of Adoption Day celebrations in a county near you.  This is a great opportunity to celebrate the successes of many growing adoptive families and learn more about how to become involved with foster care and adoption.

If you have an event you would like highlighed during Michigan's adoption month, please send appropriate information to MARE at


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