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.

Western Mass Meet & Greet

Save the date!


On Sunday, April 26th, please join “waiting children” from Western MA ages 12 and over and their adoption workers for a fun and interactive obstacle course challenge where the children and you can show off your stuff under the supervision and guidance of trained “ninja” staff.  Not up for the challenge?   You can always spot and encourage a child who is testing their Ninja Warrior skills, or we will have a few less challenging  activities that you can engage in with the children. 

Pizza will be served to all around 12:30 PM 


  “The Tables are Now Turned”! 

 Our children are asking for 2 things from attending families: 

  1. please bring 20 copies of a profile about yourselves for them to read.
  2. please bring a dessert of your choice.


Registration to follow.


Details to Remember:

April 26, 2020
11:00am - 1:00pm


Movement Terrain Obstacle Course
176 Cottage Ave.
Wilbraham, MA  01095

For questions please contact Maurine Albano at