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.

Ninja Warrior Meet & Greet


The Massachusetts Adoption Resource Exchange (MARE) and the DCF Central Region Adoption Collaborative invite you to a Ninja Warrior Meet & Greet! Join us to meet waiting children and sibling groups who are over the age of ten and to speak with their social workers.


Activities at the event will be fun and interactive, and will include running obstacle courses like those seen on "American Ninja Warrior." Participation is not mandatory and you are also welcome to watch the athletics and chat with children and social workers in a quieter environment.


This event is intended for families who are currently enrolled in MAPP or are further along in the process.


A light breakfast will be served.

For questions please contact Kristina Russell at