"When we started this whole thing, I really felt deeply like I had this vision of these two children in my heart," Willow said. "We are the ones who believe we're lucky. They're doing more for us than we're doing for them. It's not just us doing the giving. They bring so much joy and so much laughter. We're definitely enriched."

Successful adoptive parent

The Greatest Need

As of November 2014, there are 292 children photo listed on MARE who are available for adoption without an identified adoptive family, and 87% of these children are over the age of 10.


When it comes to adoptive families, the greatest need is for families who can say yes to at least one of the following questions:

  • Are you willing to pursue adoption of two children simultaneously (siblings)?
  • Are you willing to parent a child with moderate or severe needs in any area? Visit Impairment Level Guidelines for more information on needs levels.
  • Are you willing to adopt a child over the age of 10?
  • Are you willing to work with birth parents and foster children who may be returned to their biological family?


To help families understand why we highlight these needs, please visit MARE's statistic page to see the statistics of the type of children currently awaiting adoption without an identified adoptive family.

Due to the nature of the work we do, Judson Center upholds the privacy of the children, adults and families we serve. Therefore, photos and names may be changed to protect identity.