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.

See Making the Most of an Adoption Party for tips.

Roller Skating Adoption Party

The Central Region of the Department of Children and Families (DCF) and the Massachusetts Adoption Resource Exchange (MARE) invite you to a roller skating adoption party! Join us to meet waiting children and sibling groups of all ages, and to speak with their social workers.


Roll On America
90 Duval Rd Rt. 2 @Exit 34
Lancaster, MA 01523


February 3rd, 2019
10:30am - 12:30pm


This event is intended for families who have completed MAPP training (Not sure what MAPP is? Find out here) and are currently working with an agency.


The cost of skate rentals for families is $4.50 (there is no cost for waiting children and social workers).

Pizza and soda will be provided. 


Please contact Kimberly Sheppard with questions or to RSVP at or at 617-964-6273 x120.


(Snow date: Sunday, February 10th, 2019)


Details to remember:

90 Duval Road
Massachusetts 01523