MARE Hosted Events

Throughout the year, MARE hosts events statewide to connect and support social workers, waiting children and prospective adoptive families. Please subscribe to our events newsletter to be notified of upcoming opportunities as they are scheduled.

Adoption Matching Events – These casual, interactive mixers provide families the opportunity to learn more about foster care adoption, meet waiting children and network with social workers. Some events are open to families at any stage of considering adoption, while others are limited to families with an approved homestudy who are ready to meet waiting children. Some events are planned for specific populations of waiting children (such as teens, children with special needs, or siblings) or specific populations of families (LGBT families, families of color, or single parents). We encourage families who are licensed to bring a hard copy of their Family Profile to in-person events or to email it when attending virtual matching events. To download a template of the Family Profile click here.

Family Support Events – Through trainings, webinars, panels and peer to peer support, prospective adoptive families at any stage in the process can continue to build their knowledge and network of support.

Fundraising Events – Be a part of bringing a child or teen home to their adoptive family by participating on one of MARE’s fundraising and community building events.

"Ask Me, I Did It" - A Virtual Interactive Event with Experienced Families

Our topic this summer will be "What I wish someone had told me back then!"

The Massachusetts Adoption Resource Exchange (MARE) invites you to a virtual interactive event series, featuring experienced adoptive families on the third Thursdays of the month this summer from 7-8 PM

If you are pursuing adoption from foster care in Massachusetts, whether you are taking MAPP training, waiting for a match, or already placed, please join us to learn more about the experience of families who have already adopted. This will be an interactive panel style virtual event with the opportunity for Q&A. Different experienced families will be featured each month so feel free to register for one or all three. This is meant to be a place to learn from experienced families and to connect with others currently in the adoption from foster care process.

**Please note that this event is open to Massachusetts residents only.
For questions please contact Liz Joyal at