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.

Pride Celebration and Matching Event

The Massachusetts Adoption Resource Exchange (MARE) invites you to our in-person LGBTQ+ Pride Celebration and Matching Event! Please join us in celebrating the youth and families that identify as part of this community on Saturday, June 22, 2024, from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. This year’s event will be held at Safe Homes, an amazing program that provides youth from the community a safe space while on their journey of identity. They are located at 4 Mann Street, Worcester, MA 01602.
If you are an affirming family that has completed MAPP or are licensed to adopt from foster care living in Massachusetts, a New England state, or New York, please join us to connect with and/or learn more about our amazing youth and inquire with their social workers about potential matches for your family.
Lunch, snacks, and beverages will be provided.
Questions? Please contact Chelsea Hartman or
Janet Labadie-Kelley at