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.

Western Region Adoption Matching Event

The Department of Children and Families of Western region along with MARE (Massachusetts Adoption Resource Exchange) invite you to attend an "In-Person" Adoption Matching event. Meet, engage with and learn more about waiting children ages 5 and up. The children's adoption workers will also present and they will be able to give you more information about the children. Activities will include games, arts and crafts, face painting, jewelry making and much more. Pizza and drinks will be served.

The location is:

The Boys and Girls Club of Westfield
23 South Broad St.
Westfield, MA 01089

This event is open to all families who are currently in the home study process and those who are already licensed to adopt from foster care.

Families: Please bring about 20 copies of your one page profile to hand out to adoption workers. If you need a template to help with writing your profile please let me and know.

If you have any questions please contact:

Maurine Albano at