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.

Teen Adoption Party

Join us for a unique event where you can interact with teens in foster care in need of adoptive homes and meet with social workers. Activities at this exciting event will include virtual reality,robotics, and 3D design! Lunch will be provided.


MGHPCC is located on the left-hand side of Bigelow Street, with a full parking lot available on the right-hand side of Bigelow Street.


Families must be in MAPP training or further along in the process. Families are kindly asked to bring 20 copies of a one page profile about themselves.


April 27th
10:30am - 12:30pm


MA Green High Performing Computing Center (MGHPCC)
100 Bigelow Street
Holyoke, MA 010140


Social workers may inquire about registration using the contact below:

For questions please contact Kimberly Sheppard at