MARE Hosted Events

Throughout the year, MARE hosts events statewide to connect and support social workers, waiting children and prospective adoptive families. Please subscribe to our events newsletter to be notified of upcoming opportunities as they are scheduled.

Adoption Matching Events – These casual, interactive mixers provide 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. Some events are planned for specific populations of waiting children (such as teens, children with special needs, or siblings) or specific populations of families (LGBT families, families of color, or single parents). We encourage families who are licensed to bring a hard copy of their Family Profile to in-person events or to email it when attending virtual matching events. To download a template of the Family Profile click here.

Family Support Events – Through trainings, webinars, panels and peer to peer support, prospective adoptive families at any stage in the process can continue to build their knowledge and network of support.

Fundraising Events – Be a part of bringing a child or teen home to their adoptive family by participating on one of MARE’s fundraising and community building events.

13th Annual Jordan’s Furniture Walk/Run for Adoption

 

 

We are back! The 13th Annual Jordan's Furniture Walk/Run for Adoption benefiting MARE will officially be a LIVE event. We couldn't be more excited to see all of your faces as we gather on May 22nd at the Jordan's Furniture location in East Taunton, MA.

 

The live event will include festivities, food, games, balloons, and family-friendly fun! Walkers and runners will be invited to complete a 5k fun-run, consisting of three loops around the course.

 

As always, all the funds raised from this event go towards helping children and teens in foster care find adoptive homes. Just by signing up, you'll be contributing to this important cause. We also invite all participants to raise funds and awareness for adoption in their community by creating fundraisers in the lead-up to the live event. For more information and to register, visit www.jordanswalkforadoption.org

 

Together, we know we can hit our goal of $110,000!

 

REGISTER HERE

 

 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

 

What is the Jordan’s Furniture Walk/Run for Adoption?
A family-friendly 5K and a fun, family-friendly after party that raises money for the Massachusetts Adoption Resource Exchange (MARE), a nonprofit that finds adoptive homes for children in foster care.

 

When and Where is the Walk/Run for Adoption?
Jordan’s Furniture Walk/Run for Adoption benefiting MARE is Sunday May 22, 2022 at Jordan’s Furniture in Taunton – 450 Revolutionary Drive.

 

Do I have to pay to participate?
Registration for all participants is $35. A discounted registration fee of $15 is available for children 3 –12 and social workers. You will make this payment online when you sign up.

 

What if I want to come and watch?
We hope that everyone who comes to the event will participate! However, if you are unable to join the race, you should still register as a walker so that you can fundraise AND participate in the day’s fun activities. For purposes of insurance, we ask that everyone attending the event register.

 

Can I register the day of the event?
We ask that you register online, but day-of registration is available. All adults will have to sign a liability waiver on behalf of themselves and any minor children.

 

Where do I park? Is there a charge?
There are parking spaces galore. There is no charge for parking.

 

What happens at check-in and registration?
There will be different check-in locations, follow the signs for WALKERS, RUNNERS, or NEW REGISTRATIONS. You will get your t-shirt and bib number (for runners) at that time. You can turn in any donations that you have brought with you.

 

How will I get information on the day of the event?
There will be instructions available on the event website.

 

Is there breakfast?
There will be coffee, juice, and water and yummy stuff like muffins and doughnuts.

 

How far is the walk/run?
The race is 5 kilometers (3.1 miles) around a paved track. The track is a mile long and the race 3 laps.

 

Can kids participate?
Absolutely! Kids 3 and older need to be registered, but all ages are welcome to join in.

 

What about strollers?
Yes, you can bring your strollers for little ones. Kids under 3 do not need to pay a registration fee. Kids 3 and older must register even if they will be riding in a stroller.

 

Can I bring my dog, cat, or hamster?
Sorry! No pets. Service animals are allowed as required by law.

 

My kids want to rollerblade, is that allowed?
You can bring roller-blades, wagons, and razor scooters. We just ask that you be mindful of the other participants when considering what to bring and that all children be supervised.

 

How will the money I raise be used?
ALL funds raised through registration fees, participant fundraising, raffle ticket sales, etc. goes directly to the Massachusetts Adoption Resource Exchange (MARE). MARE finds adoptive homes for children and teens waiting in foster care. You can learn more about what we do by visiting the MARE website.

 

What is the after-race party?
Accompanied by tunes spun by a DJ, the after-race party features activities for all ages like crafts, glitter tattoos, and face painting. A light lunch will be provided. A full description of activities will be on the event website as we get closer to the event date.

 

Is there lunch?
Of course! You will be hungry after all that exercise. A light lunch is provided as part of the after-race party.

For questions please contact Danielle Conti at daniellec@mareinc.org