The events listed below are either sponsored by MARE or by other organizations. MARE is not responsible for changes made to the event listings for other organizations. For each event, please note the sponsoring organization and appropriate contact to direct questions and comments. For any MARE event, please call 617-54-ADOPT (617-542-3678) or 1-800-882-1176 for more information.

If you would like to post an event on the MARE website, please click here. Please note that MARE will review submissions and only post applicable events.



Research Study: Treatment for Children with Life Stressors
Trauma Center at Justice Resource Institute
The Trauma Center is currently recruiting children ages 6-12 who have experienced two or more life stressors for a study investigating Neurofeedback and Heart Rate Variability Biofeedback. Click here for a description.
Call Anna Kharaz at 617-232-1303 x-240 to learn more about this project and complete a phone screen.


Federation for Children with Special Needs Parent Trainings
Federation for Children with Special Needs
These trainings are free and open to the public. They cover a wide range of topics: Effective Communication and the IEP, Basic Rights in Special Education, Understanding My Child’s Learning Style, and more. Click here for full descriptions and schedules.


We are Family: A Post-adoption Support Group
First Connections: on the Emerson Hospital Campus, Route 2, Concord, MA
A monthly support and education group for parents who are caring for foster children, have adopted a child at age 3 or older, or whose adopted child is now over age 5. Meets on the third Thursday of each month, 7-9 pm.
Contact the facilitator, Mary Rowlinson with questions: 978-287-0221 ex:218

Adoption Learn & Play: Monthly Support Group
First Connections: on the Emerson Hospital Campus, Route 2, Concord, MA
A support and education group for parents with adopted children age 5 and under. During the parent discussion time, children are welcome to play in a supervised play room. The facilitated group is a supportive environment where adoptive parents can meet and share resources with other adoptive families.
Contact the facilitator, Mary Rowlinson with questions: 978-287-0221 ex:218

Webinar:  You’re Not Alone:  Mobilizing Supports for an Adoptive Placement
Hear from a roundtable of adoption professionals about accessing services in Massachusetts to support adoptive families and ways to build your personal support network.  Appropriate for families at any stage in the adoption process. Listen to the recording HERE.



Webinar-Waiting is the Hardest Part: Tips and Survival Strategies for the Matching Process
Have you ever wondered:  
How do workers decide on the right match?
    How come I feel like I never hear anything back?
    What more can I be doing to help facilitate a match?
    What should I be doing while I am waiting?

We hosted a casual conversation about the challenges and successes of waiting for a match. This webinar is most appropriate for families who have already started the training/homestudy process. To listen to the recording, click HERE.



Workshops, Parent Groups & Online Discussion Group
Adoptive Families Together (AFT)
Click HERE to view upcoming workshops.

AFT provides education, advocacy, support, and more. Adoptive Families Together (AFT) offers several parent-run confidential groups, statewide. AFT parent support meetings provide pre- and post-adoptive information, education, and general support for families touched by adoption.                        

AFT also hosts a moderated Online Discussion Group which provides parents with a 24-hour support forum, focusing on children with challenging behaviors and complex needs. To learn more about Online Discussion Group, click HERE.

AFT Parent Groups Spring/Summer 2014 Schedule

Group Leaders: Kristy Bouley &  Marilyn Kuhn
Faith Evangelical Free Church
54 Hosmer St. Acton, MA 01720
Meets the 2nd Wednesday of the month, 7:30pm-9pm
·         June 11th
·         July – No Group
·         August -  No Group

Group Leaders: Cheryl Farrell & Mary Wallace
First Congregational Church, 18 Andover Rd.
Billerica, MA 01821
Room 4 Please use the door in the rear of the building
Meets the last Sunday of the month, 7pm -9pm
·         June 29th
·         July 27th
·         August 31st

Group Leaders: Pasqua Scibelli & Lori Baeumler
5 Post Office Square
Boston, MA 02109
First Floor Library
Please use the entrance facing Congress St.
Meets the 1st Wednesday of the month, 12:30pm-1:30pm
·         June 4th
·         July 2nd
·         August 6th

Group Leaders: Linda Perry & Rita Donovan
Thayer Public Library
798 Washington St. Braintree, MA 02184
Meets the 2nd Wednesday of the month 7pm -8:45pm
·         June 11th
·         July- No Group
·         August – No Group

Jamaica Plain:    
Group Leaders: Randi Schalet & Lori Baeumler
Jamaica Plain MSPCC Office
3815 Washington St.2nd floor Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
Meets the 1st Friday of the month, 6:30pm -8:30pm
Childcare provided at every meeting
·         June 6th
·         July- No Group
·         August 1st

Group Leaders: Michelle Novelle & Clare O’Donoghue
Roslindale Congregational Church
25 Cummins Highway
Roslindale, MA 02131
Meets the 3rd Wednesday of the month, 7pm – 8:30pm
Childcare provided at every meeting.
·         June 18th
·         July 16th
·         August- No Group

Group Leaders: Sue Casey & Susan McCarthy
Stoughton Public Library 84 Park St.
Stoughton, MA 02072
Meets the 2nd Thursday of the month, 6:30pm-8:30pm
·         June 12th
·         July- No Group
·         August- No Group

Group Leaders: Kimberly Ryan & Sandi Santanello
First Church 40 Monument Ave.
Swampscott, MA 01907
Meets the 1st Thursday of the month, 7pm-8:30pm
·         June 5th
·         July- No Group
·         August- No Group

Group Leaders: Deb Tambeau & Donna Warren
Worcester MSPCC Office
335 Chandler St.
Worcester, MA 01602
Meets the 3rd Thursday of the month, 7-9pm
·         June 19th
·         July 17th
·         August 21st



Pathways to Permanency through the Trauma Center
The Pathways to Permanency Program
Trauma Center in Brookline, MA
Rona Sandberg, LICSW, Clinical Coordinator at 617-232-1303 ext.223 or visit
The Pathways to Permanency Program strives to strengthen and support families in providing foster and adoptive children with a nurturing and stable home environment. The program offers services that include caregiver support, psycho-education, and consultation. Consultation services may be used to assist families with:  guidance in determining if and/or how to adopt or to be a foster parent and deciding whether a specific child placement is a good match for your family.  Caregiver services may be used to assist families with:  Parenting a child with a history of trauma, managing relationships with birth families, and preparing siblings for the arrival of a new foster or adoptive child and/or addressing challenges that may arise between siblings.These services are provided by clinicians with extensive experience working with childhood trauma and foster care and adoption related issues.


Massachusetts Adoption Resource Exchange, Inc. – MARE- 45 Franklin Street, 5th Floor, Boston, MA 02110-1301 617-54-ADOPT (542-3678) – 1-800-882-1176 – Fax: 617-542-1006

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