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.

TBRI® Trauma Informed Parenting Training with MARE 2023


The Massachusetts Adoption Resource Exchange (MARE) invites pre/adoptive families to a series of Trauma Informed Parenting virtual trainings facilitated by Fostering Hope’s TBRI® practitioners. This is a small-group, practical training, and participants are asked to be available on camera throughout the session, if possible. This opportunity is intended for Massachusetts pre/adoptive families who have completed MAPP training.


Dates: This training is intended to be taken as a full series, however, participants are able to register for each session individually as their schedule allows. 


General Overview of TBRI Principles and Applications to Daily Life

Saturday, March 11, 2023

9:00 am - 12:00 pm

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Impact of Trauma on Building Trust

Wednesday, April 12th, 2023

7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

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Connecting Principles

Wednesday, May 10, 2023

7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

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Empowering Principles

Wednesday, June  14, 2023

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Correcting Principles

Wednesday, July 12, 2023

7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

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About TBRI:

TBRI® is an evidence-based caregiving intervention that is designed to meet the complex needs of children from hard places of abuse, neglect, and/or trauma. TBRI® empowers caregivers and professionals to create within their homes and practices cultures of felt-safety, trust, attachment, and, ultimately, hope and healing. The training will help attendees better understand the needs of children with trauma histories and consider some tools and strategies that maximize their potential for growth in our care. You can learn more about the TBRI® model here:


About the Facilitators:

The training will be facilitated by Jonathan Reid and Mike Brown of Fostering Hope, an organization that empowers churches and individuals to care for children and families impacted by foster care. Practitioners in the trauma-informed Trust-Based Relational Intervention (TBRI®) and Trauma Competent Caregiver® (TCC) care models, Jonathan and Mike speak honestly as they continue to learn and apply these principles not only in their training but also in their homes as foster and adoptive fathers.



These trainings are offered free of charge to Massachusetts Pre-adoptive and adoptive families through DCF or a contracted agency thanks to the generosity of MARE’s supporters (many of whom are families who have benefited from TBRI training). Registrations will be on a first-come-first-served basis.

For questions please contact Liz Joyal at