In this time of public uncertainty, MARE is committed to continuing our mission to find adoptive homes for children and teens in foster care.

Read about MARE's COVID-19 response here

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.) See Making the Most of an Adoption Party for tips.

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.

Summer Adoption Mixer at Assumption College

Registration is now closed.

Please note that prospective families are welcome to walk-in!


For Families:

This full-day affair is for families who have begun MAPP training or beyond, and includes a morning of training, followed by a lunch and fun fest with waiting children and their social workers.   


8:30 am - Registration and Breakfast

9:00 am  - Welcome and Orientation

9:15 am - 12:00 pm - Panel Presentation and Break-Out Sessions for pre-adoptive families, including sessions on Legal Risk, Maintaining a Child’s Connections, the Matching Process and more

12:00 pm - 3:00 pm - Lunch and activities with waiting children and their social workers


For Social Workers

Join us for an outdoor afternoon adoption mixer at Assumption College with in-process families.  Children and teens will enjoy a bungee run, caricature artists, airbrush tattoos, game tables, a DJ and a dance performance by Phunk Phenomenon.  Workers are welcome to set-up boards to discuss youth on their caseload.

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm - Registration and Lunch

1:00 pm - 3:00 pm - Activities


Social workers please note: Adoption party events do not begin till 12:00 pm. Children should not arrive until this time.


The deadline for Child Registration is June 28th.


Details to Remember

Assumption College
500 Salisbury St 
Worcester, Massachusetts 01609


July 13th

For questions please contact Kimberly Sheppard at