MARE Adoption Stories

Over the 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 experiences.

If you have adopted with MARE’s help and have an adoption story to share, we want to hear from you. Please email your story and picture to Ricardo Franco, Director of Family Support Services, ricardof@MAREinc.org.

Case-Teague Family
Photo by Krista Photography
Case-Teague Family

 

Along the course of the long and winding road of adoption, there are fits and starts. For Robert Case and Chris Teague, that was the case that led them to adopting now-9-year-old Anna and 5-year-old Christian.

“For whatever reason, we had always been thinking about adoption. I remember being younger and thinking that adoption was such a nice thing to…

Tinnirella Family
Tinnirella Family

There he was, just a little boy in a brown coat who was looking for a family and a place to call home. Dominick, that same little boy in the brown coat on television felt like the missing piece to the Tinnirella family, which by any measure felt complete just minutes before. As they settled in to watch the evening news, they first laid eyes on the nine-year-old boy who would later become the…

Volz-Benoit Family
Volz-Benoit Family

The Volz-Benoit family, sitting in the stands at Springfield College’s Blake Arena, cheers and roots for the Pride’s men’s gymnastics team at every home meet. With five children, the family comes equipped with the strength in numbers that any good cheering section truly demands from its constituents. However, the family isn’t cheering on a sibling or relative when…

Chambers-Holland Family
Chambers-Holland Family

Robert and Jim, surrounded by crying, kicking, and tantrums, thought to themselves, “we can do this.” As they walked through Disneyworld with their nieces and nephews in tow - amongst the breakdowns and tired parents -  it became more and more clear that if other people could manage this loveable chaos, then so could they. Adoption had always been a topic simmering on the…

Maldonado-Norton Family
Photo by Liz Linder Photography
Maldonado-Norton Family

For Angel and Leonard, growing their family through adoption was never a matter of if, it was always a matter of when. After 16 years together, the Boston-based couple began to think more seriously about when. "We started saying there are so many kids who need love and caring," explained Angel, "that's what spurred us to start…

Maher Family
Maher Family

Toni and Bill Maher's connection with adoption began in a supermarket of all places. While it is often difficult to pinpoint the exact moment when the seeds of adoption are planted in a family's mind, the Maher family can trace that moment to a unique encounter with a distressed stranger at their local grocery store.

After Toni and Bill welcomed their two biological sons, Andrew…

Noonan Family
Noonan Family

Maria and Kevin Noonan were enjoying a relaxing vacation when they got a call from their social worker. “You know, we got a little boy in our office who just came in and he wants a family with a dog,” the social worker told them. She knew the Noonan’s had a puppy and that they had been involved with the adoption process for almost two years. Several weeks…

Buckley Family
Buckley Family

One of the most important pieces in the adoption process is support. Support from friends, support from family, and support from one’s greater community, are the pillars needed to bolster any adoptive family. Susie Buckley realized this early on in her journey through the adoption process.

Susie’s path to adoption started years before she began the actual adoption process.…

Puhala-Kenney Family
Puhala-Kenney Family

Kimberly and JoAnne laugh a lot – especially with their daughter, Kloee. “Sit back and chill-ax,” seems to be a recurring motto in the Puhala-Kenney household. Not unlike most couples, the two women were interested in having their own child. It was the right time in their relationship to start thinking of growing their family. There were two main reasons why they chose…

Bratton Family
Bratton Family

Jackie Mastromatteo, a professional photographer, has been volunteering as a MARE Heart Gallery photographer for over a decade. The Heart Gallery, a series of waiting child portraits, debuted in 2005 as a contemporary way to connect the public to adoption, and Jackie was one of the first photographers to join the volunteer program.

All it took was an email to the Massachusetts…

Milligan Family
Milligan Family

Brittney describes her family as “a circus,” but the Milligan family is nothing short of a fun, loving five-some. With the parents, their daughter, and two dogs. While Grace is only in Kindergarten and a “nugget,” according to her mother, her personality is quite large.

Brittney and Sean’s long journey to adoption began when Brittney was a child, and she…

Ecker Family
Ecker Family

Not unlike any other New England family, the Ecker’s enjoy trips to Cape Cod during the summer, going to the beach, and looking out for any interesting rocks, gems or minerals that they can take home – whether found on a walk or in a small, coastal shop. Christopher is a typical 11-year-old boy who likes video games, plays with the family’s two dogs and likes science. His…

Crowder Family
Crowder Family

Most parents think that their job of parenting is more or less over once their children reach adulthood. There isn’t much stress; they don’t have to sacrifice weekends for birthday parties or soccer tournaments, and no worrying about how they are going to put together a science fair project the night before it is due.

For Sharon, she had done all that before with her three…