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.

The Adoption Option - An Adoption Meet & Greet


We’re pleased to invite you to our annual adoption Meet and Greet sponsored by our friends at Jordan’s Furniture!

This morning is open to ANY adult interested in learning more about adopting from foster care, as well as families who have begun the licensing process, waiting children, and their social workers. So no matter where you are at in considering adoption, this event is for you.

You’ll have the opportunity to:

  • Learn about the process of adoption and get the answers to FAQ (orientation for new families begins at 9am)
  • Meet social workers from across the state and learn about specific waiting children
  • Speak with experienced families who have already adopted
  • Learn about the supports available to adoptive families
  • Participate in games, arts and crafts and activities with waiting children ages 5+

 If you're a family and you have any questions, please contact Liz Joyal at


***Note as of 9/29/2023 at 8:30PM, online family registration is closed. Walk-in registration is available for families new to the process on Sunday morning. If you are a MAPP-trained or home studied family and would like to come, email Liz Joyal - - for registration instructions.


Social Workers:  This event is open to any waiting child who is registered for recruitment with MARE.  In addition to bringing waiting children, staff are invited to come speak with new families, meet with licensed families, or serve as a general event volunteer.   If you're a social worker and you have any questions, please contact Emily Goldberger at

For questions please contact Emily Goldberger at