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.

November 2023 Statewide Social Worker Matching Meeting

ADLU Social Workers and contracted agency staff are invited to present waiting families at this virtual event that are hoping to be matched with children, teens and sibling groups, ages 6+. We are particularly looking for families that are open to teens, sibling groups, LGBTQIA+ youth, youth of color, and youth with medical and developmental needs.

Adoption Social Workers who are looking to match waiting children on their caseloads are also invited to attend to learn about these waiting families.

Please email Emily Goldberger, at, if you would like the Zoom link to attend. If you would like to present a family, please let Emily know by Wednesday, November 8th.

Please note that this event is for social workers only.

For questions please contact Emily Goldberger at