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.

Matching Night

This event is open to families in any stage of considering foster care adoption. Families new to the process can learn about foster care adoption and all families can network with social workers and learn about teens, sibling groups, and children with additional needs who are waiting to be adopted. Please note that there will be no waiting children at this event.


Families new to the process should plan on arriving at 6:00 pm in order to attend a 15-30 minute orientation about foster care adoption before networking with social workers to learn about waiting children.


Social Workers please submit child registrations for the event booklet by no later than Wednesday, August 14, 2019. You’re also welcome to bring printed child profiles and/or boards.


Light refreshments and snacks will be served. 


Please RSVP by Friday, August 16, 2019 to Kimberly Sheppard at


Details to Remember:

DCF Worcester West Regional Office
13 Sudbury Street
Worcester, MA 01609


August 20th
6:00pm - 8:00pm

For questions please contact Kimberly Sheppard at