What Is The Matching Assistance Program?
Family Matching Made Easy
The Matching Assistance Program (MAP) is a free membership program that provides home study approved families, who are seeking to adopt from foster care, access to child listings. MAP works alongside you, your adoption worker, and children’s social workers during the matching phase of the adoption process, connecting waiting families with children in the foster care system who are available for adoption.
What is required to join MAP?
A family must have a current, no older than 2 years, home study that approves them to adopt from foster care. If your home study is over two years old, an updated study, or a letter of good standing from your agency will be required. We do accept foster-to-adopt-home studies. Additionally, you must be located in the United States, we are unable to assist with international adoption.
An open mind towards children who are:
- Over the age of 7
- Part of a sibling group
- A member of a racial or ethnic minority
- Who have some level of emotional, behavioral, developmental, physical, and/or medical needs.
What services does MAP provide families?
MAP provides families with a child search platform to identify potential matches based on the families child preferences. MAP connects families with the child's social worker by allowing families to submit their home study. The families MAP profile accompanies every home study submission a family makes using their MAP account. During the registration process, families create a family profile which includes a brief family summary with pictures and information about their llives and what they can offer a child. This profle allows the family to show a child's social worker their personality and make a more personal connection than simply submitting a home study.
Because adoption can be an arduous process, we offer a private online support group to any family with an active MAP account. MAP families can also participant in our recruitment tools such as our Featured Family Newsletter, Child Matching events, our weekly newsletter that is emailed to hundreds of case workers across the country. They can also participate in our Child Matching events and our Family Matching events and may have access to additional support services.