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.

Western Mass Special Needs Adoption Party

Join us for a special adoption party specifically for children with physical and developmental special needs, as well as children on the Autism Spectrum! Meet children waiting for adoption, as well as their social workers.


This adoption party is for children of all ages with physical and developmental needs. This museum setting offers a calm, quiet and tactile environment where the children will have “hands-on” activities to explore and enjoy at their own pace.


This party is open to all families including those who are:

-home studied

-live out of state

-in the process of being home studied and

-to those who are just in the beginning stages of thinking and learning about adoption from foster care.


Details to Remember:

Holyoke Children’s Museum
444 Dwight St.
Holyoke, MA 01040


September 22nd
10:00am - 11:30am

For questions please contact Maurine Albano at