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.

Worcester Art Museum Meet & Greet

Worcester Art Museum Meet and Greet  

Sunday, April 7th 1pm-3pm  

The Massachusetts Adoption Resource Exchange (MARE) is inviting you to an In-Person Meet and Greet for Neurodivergent Children! Please join us in celebrating the youth on your case that identify as part of this community. This event will take place at the Worcester Art Museum. Activities at the event will be led by an art therapist; the environment will be carefully curated to meet our guests' needs, including a sensory and break space. A board-certified behavior analyst (BCBA) will also be there to  facilitate the sensory and break space, as well as speak with families that have questions about parenting a neurodivergent child. Snacks and beverages will be provided. Attendance is limited, as we are keeping the event small to accommodate the needs of our guests.  


Registration ends on Friday, March 15th. If you have any questions, please email Kristina Russell, Specialized Recruitment Coordinator at