We love your creativity! Help us show the rest of the world your artwork, poetry, writing, photography, recipes, and any other unique thing about you. Send submissions to MARE c/o Loren Sanders - info here

...and the winner is...

posted Mar 29, 2011, 10:36 AM by MARE Youth

Nick B., age 15! Congrats to Nick for submitting the winning entry! Nick was able to join us at the 2011 Heart Gallery Opening to receive his award on stage. His artwork was turned into a poster and will be sent around the state to different non-profits, adoption and foster care agencies, and Department of Human Service offices throughout Michigan!

Winter Submissions

posted Jan 26, 2011, 9:55 AM by MARE Youth   [ updated Jan 26, 2011, 10:05 AM ]

Artwork is still coming in for the Annual Youth Poster Contest and we plan on revealing the winner soon. Until then, here is some artwork we have received recently!

By Blessing, age 10

By K'Lub, age 9

The 2011 Youth Poster Contest

posted Nov 15, 2010, 7:25 AM by MARE Youth

Submissions are now open for MARE's annual Youth Poster Contest! We received some great submissions last year and we want to have an even more powerful poster to release next year. Help us get the word out about the competition by printing out the flyer below and passing it out to other youth who are waiting for adoption.

The theme this year is "A Place to Call Home." All submissions should be turned into MARE by January 15th so that we can include the poster as part of the 2011 Heart Gallery opening.

If you have any questions, contact MARE. Happy drawing!

New artwork

posted Sep 27, 2010, 11:50 AM by MARE Youth   [ updated Sep 27, 2010, 12:01 PM ]

This fantastic drawing comes to us from Kevin - can you guess who this famous pop singer is? (Hint: Her first single from 1999 was "Genie in a Bottle")

A quick birdie doodle from DeShawn at a recent Match Party.

A fun piece of artwork by Leanna, also from a recent Match Party (MARE's favorite time to receive more art!)

Thoughts on Recruited Adoption

posted Aug 11, 2010, 12:44 PM by MARE Youth

“Waiting for adoption is like waiting for a train to pass. It may take long, it may be short, but you have to have faith. Faith is a source of patience. A family might not show up right away but just have faith. Another main source of patience is prayer. Prayer is the answer to everything. It helped all of my problems.”

- Nick, age 15


“It kind of makes me upset I have to wait for adoption. Patience is a hard thing to encounter.”

- Brian, age 13

My Almost-Adoption

posted Aug 11, 2010, 12:21 PM by MARE Youth   [ updated Aug 12, 2010, 7:01 AM ]

“This is my story about my almost-adoption. When I was 16, the parents that adopted my younger brother a year previously were going to adopt me. So, I moved in and everything seemed to be going okay. I was getting A’s and B’s in school and was involved in football. I thought life was great with a loving family, my own room, tons of new friends, and a job working with a neighbor. Sadly, like some good things in foster and adoptive youths lives, things did not stay good for too long. The parents were getting a divorce and my brother seemed to hate me because I was getting more attention, and now I was feeling like it was entirely my fault. After a few months of this, I stayed in my room all day long and the only thing I could come up with was for me to leave, so eventually I left. Even though I still talk with my brother and his adoptive mother, I was never adopted and I went into Supervised Independent Living.”

Jason, age 20, doesn't give himself enough credit; He recently purchased a home, is in school full time, and is currently President of the Bay County MYOI group, BASETEAM.  Everyone at MARE thinks he's doing a great job!

Poster Contest Honorable Mentions

posted May 14, 2010, 6:16 AM by MARE Youth   [ updated May 14, 2010, 10:42 AM ]

We had so many great submissions this year, we couldn't hide them from everyone! Great job to everyone who sent in their artwork!

By Paulo, age 14

By Andre

By Brandon

By Ricco

By Jason

By Carlos, age 15

By Blake


2010 Youth Poster Contest Winner!

posted Apr 27, 2010, 12:22 PM by MARE Youth   [ updated May 14, 2010, 6:16 AM ]

Congratulations to Carlos, age 15, for winning the 2010 Youth Poster Contest! We received many fantastic entries and thought he did a great job illustrating the theme for this year, "Feelings About Finding Forever Families."

Second Place (tie):

By Nick, age 14

By Taqueela, age 19

Third Place:

By Carlos, age 15

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