Our Matching Assistance Program
- Are you looking for a child over the age of 7?
- Are you looking for a sibling group of 2 or more?
- Can you parent a child with challenging to difficult behaviors?
- Do you have experience with special needs?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, A Family For Every Child's Matching Assistance Program (MAP) may be for you! Opening your home to a child in need is certainly a special calling. Most of the waiting children in foster care are over the age of 7, are members of a sibling group, are part of a racial or ethnic minority, and have physical, mental, emotional, and/or developmental disabilities.
Many families have a difficult time identifying children to inquire on as well as being considered and contacted by the children's social workers. We're here to help families through this sometimes long and challenging part of the adoption process.
What is Matching Assistance?
Matching Assistance is a password protected membership program with additional child listings, helping support home study-approved families who are seeking to adopt from foster care. MAP works alongside families, their adoption workers, and children's social workers during the "matching" phase of the adoption process, connecting waiting families with children. Our program offers families:
Exclusive access to additional child listings available to MAP families only
First-rate child search and submission capabilities
Successful recruitment services to connect famlies with caseworkers
Social worker contact information for certain states
"Recently Listed Children" emails featuring newly added children that match a family's preferences
Access to informative and helpful resources
We are NOT taking the place of your adoption agency or your assigned adoption worker. They are still extremely important to you during the adoption process. Your adoption worker will be the on who follows up on your home study submissions and represents your family at match meetings.
What We Need From You
A signed and dated copy of your approved home study. Home studies must be 2-years-old or less, and approve you to adopt from foster care. Home studies over 2-years-old must have an accompanying update.
A complete Matching Assistance Program profile. You may begin your profile here. Having your family biography, home study, and optional family video ready for a searching social worker greatly increases the chance that you will be identified as a potential adoptive family for a waiting foster child.
If your agency requires you to fill out a home study release form before they send us your home study, you may download a copy of the release form here.
Learn how to sign up for Matching Assistance.
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