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.

Spring Adoption Meet and Greet

Jordan's Furniture
50 Walkers Brook Road
Reading, MA 01867
Pre-adoptive families are invited to join us to get to know some of the incredible children, teens and sibling groups waiting for adoption and the social workers who know them best. There will be activities offered throughout the morning allowing pre-adoptive families and waiting youth to get to know one another. These include a ropes course, arts & crafts projects, giant board games, and more. Pre-adoptive families will also have the chance to speak with experienced adoptive families.
This in-person Meet & Greet is for pre-adoptive families that have completed MAPP, waiting children (ages 6+) and teens. Adoption social workers and family resource workers are also invited to support the children and families that they work with. 
Pre-adoptive families should contact Emily Goldberger at
Social Workers should contact Deborah Noah at
For questions please contact Deborah Noah at