years, MARE has found permanent, loving families for thousands
of children waiting in foster care. Read about a few of these
phenomenal families who, in the course of making a difference
in a child’s life, also had their own life-changing
If you have adopted with MARE’s help and have a success
story to share, we want to hear from you. Please email your
story and picture to Diane Tomaz, Director of Family Support Services, at dianet@MAREinc.org.
Bill Kelly’s usual routine of getting up first to make
coffee and bring in the Sunday paper was a bit different the
morning of April 7, 2002. His wife, Lois, was already up ahead
of him, tearing the “Sunday’s Child” column
out of the Globe. It was the profile of then 11-year old Scott.
There was something about his smile and the mischievous glint
in his eyes that caught Lois’ attention. “Bill,
he belongs with us,” Lois remembers saying. Bill read
the article and felt the same connection. He contacted the
Massachusetts Adoption Resource Exchange (MARE) the next day.
Ruth’s journey to adoption is one that goes back to
childhood. One of her favorite books was about a family that
adopted 12 children of all different backgrounds, and she
can remember thinking she would grow up, marry and adopt one
day. A few years ago instead of waiting for marriage and postponing
starting a family, she decided to pursue adoption.
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decision to adopt was actually an easy one for Edward and
Michael Baldwin von Brunow. Coming from large extended families
and always having had lots of children around them, Michael
and Edward knew they wanted a family and all the things that
come with it.
It was just another day on MARE’s Online Photolisting®
when Brandy Whitney saw and immediately fell in love
with Barry, then 5, and Ga’Mal, then 3 and now named
Jay. Trained as a special education teacher, Brandy was drawn
to the children’s profile which stated that Jay’s
favorite book was The Cat in the Hat, and Barry wanted to
learn how to read.
Lydia went through years of struggling and coming to terms
with infertility issues. Seeing the children on Wednesday’s
Child was always tugging at her heart until she decided
it was finally time to adopt.
Both in their late 50’s, experienced parents Pauline
and James Somero were unsure if they wanted to parent young
children again. They relied on their faith to help lead them
through the adoption process.
For as long as they can remember, Leigh and Laura have had
the desire to have children and raise a family. Initially,
the couple looked into conceiving through in vitro fertilization.
As fate would have it, they went on to adopt two boys, and
their concept about parenting would be changed forever.
Having raised a son Derik, 26 and daughter Larissa, 28, Willie
and Pam Jones were empty nesters looking forward to an early
retirement. It turned out to be Willie’s bout with and
recovery from prostate cancer that led them to reexamine their
priorities. And though their work demands were growing, they
were ready to enforce a balance to their work and family life.