MARE Adoption Parties & Information Events

Throughout the year, MARE hosts adoption parties statewide to bring together social workers, waiting children and prospective adoptive parents in casual, interactive settings. These events allow 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. In addition to adoption parties, MARE hosts information meetings for new families, matching meetings for social workers and approved families, and networking events with experienced families. Sometimes events are targeted towards specific populations of waiting children (such as teens, children with special needs, or siblings) or specific populations of families (LGBT community, families of color, or single parents.) Sign up to receive our communications to be notified of upcoming events as they are planned.

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Ironstone Adoption Party

Ironstone Adoption Party

August 19th from 11-1pm
450 Lowell St, Andover, MA 01810

Join children, teens, their social workers, and friends for a day of therapeutic horseback riding!

This small adoption party is open to any family who is interested in adopting or learning about adopting a child from foster care with medical or developmental special needs.

-Children will have the opportunity to ride a horse and enjoy barnyard activities
-Families who are new to the process can learn about foster care adoption
-All families can network with social workers and learn about waiting children
-Learn about resources in the community available to support families parenting children with special needs


**Please note that this event is now at capacity for waiting children. If you would like to add a child to the waitlist, please contact Anna Collins at**

For more information, call Bridget Chiaruttini at (617) 964-6273 x 112