School Supplies

Backpacks, Pens, No. 2 Pencils, Colored Pencils, Erasers, Rulers, Glue Sticks, Markers, Crayons, Composition Books, Notebooks, Computer Paper, and such.


Aging Out Program


Trunks filled with pillows (new only), linens, towels, comforter, dishes, kitchen items, small appliances, a small microwave, etc. Donations of new and very gently used items are accepted for this program.


Teddy Bears

New bears are given out at MARE’s annual adoption festival every September.


Birthday in a Bag Parties

are planned each month for foster children. The birthday boy/girl is allowed to invite 10 friends to a special party complete with cake and presents. Donations needed for this program include: new presents for these foster children, cake mixes, frosting, plates, napkins, plastic cups/ware, candles, tablecloths, party favors, balloons, and streamers


Sporting Events:

Big Family has the privilege of escorting different foster children and foster families to professional sports games and cultural activities through the year thanks to the generosity of ticket donation from the Tigers, Lions, and Pistons. If you have small group tickets you would like to donate, please contact us. Do you have small group tickets you would like to donate? Please contact us for more information.


Speaking Engagements

Big Family representatives travel around the country speaking about Recognizing and Reporting (R+R) and Child Abuse. We will speak to college/school classes, church groups, exchange clubs, social workers and law enforcement, and foster parents on child abuse through the eyes of a child. Contact our Direction of Operations for details and availability via email or a call: John Iras (586) 415-6968.