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.

Virtual Matching Event featuring Southern Region Families

Massachusetts social workers – are you looking for ways to create matches for the children on your caseload while in-person matching events are not possible?


Join us for a virtual matching event. At this event, the southern region ADLU will virtually present their waiting families over Zoom. The contact information for each family’s social worker will be given so that after each event workers can follow-up with one another about potential matches. There will also be an opportunity during the event for you to ask questions about specific families. To participate you will just need to be able to connect to the internet from your device of choice.


After you register, detailed instructions on how to access the event will be sent to you.

For questions please contact Emily Goldberger at