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.

Holden Chapel Adoption Meet & Greet

The DCF Central Region Adoption Collaborative and the Massachusetts Adoption Resource Exchange (MARE) invite you to a Spring Adoption Meet & Greet! Please join us to meet waiting children and sibling groups of all ages from the Central Region. Activities will include games, arts & crafts, and a petting zoo. A pizza lunch will be served and families are asked to bring a healthy dessert or snack to share.

This event is intended for families who are currently enrolled in MAPP or are further along in the process.


Details to Remember

May 16th
10:00am - 1:00pm


The Holden Chapel
279 Reservoir Street
Holden, MA 01520

For questions please contact Emily Goldberger at