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.

Ironstone Adoption Party

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:

Prospective adoptive families attending with their children will need to sign an emergency release.


Adoption workers will need to submit a signed emergency release and a medical form completed by the child’s pediatrician before registration is considered complete.

Social worker and child registration is now closed. 


Details to Remember

Ironstone Farm
450 Lowell St.
Andover, MA 01810


August 4th
11:00 am - 1:00 pm


For questions please contact Kimberly Sheppard at