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MAPS was created in 1977 through the caring and insightful vision of Dawn Degenhardt, an adoptive mother of nine, and a pioneer group of other adoptive parents and volunteers. Our guiding principle is that all children deserve and need their own family. What began as a small non-profit agency for children in the U.S. foster care system has evolved into a multi-service organization serving children and families around the world. Since MAPS’ humble beginnings, we have placed more than 4,460 children with loving, permanent families through domestic and international adoption programs.

At MAPS Worldwide, a multi-service, non-profit organization, we believe that every child needs and deserves a stable, permanent family, and our mission has been built on this conviction for over thirty years. We create opportunities through innovative services that promote permanency for children by building and strengthening families here in the US and around the world:


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