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 Matching Event

Location:  INTERSKATE 91, 2043 Boston Road, Wilbraham, MA  01095
The Western Regional Department of Children and Families and the Massachusetts Adoption Resource Exchange (MARE) invite you to attend their Spring "in-person" Matching Event.  
Please join us to meet waiting children ages 12 and up from the Western Region.  Activities will include Roller Skating, TEAM Laser Tag and Arts and Crafts. Waiting children attending will receive pizza and a drink. This event is open to families who are in any stage of the adoption process or are already licensed to adopt from foster care. Families who register will receive by email a template to create a one page profile about themselves. Please bring about 15 copies of this profile with you to hand out to adoption workers.   
For questions please email:   
To register for this event log into your MARE account or create an account with MARE.   
For questions please contact Maurine Albano at