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). We encourage families who are licensed to bring a hard copy of their Family Profile to in-person events or to email it when attending virtual matching events. To download a template of the Family Profile click here.

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.

All Region Virtual Event Featuring LGBTQ+ Youth


The Massachusetts Adoption Resource Exchange (MARE) is inviting you to a virtual matching event, featuring children that identify as part of the LGBTQ+ community from all regions of Massachusetts. If you are an affirming family that has completed MAPP or are licensed to adopt from foster care living in Massachusetts, a New England state, or New York, please join us to learn more about these waiting children. At the event, you will have the opportunity to hear from social workers from all regions about the LGBTQ+ children and teens on their caseloads, and to speak with them about potential matches for your family.


The event will take place over Zoom and information about how to access the event will be sent to you upon registration.


Questions? Please contact Janet Labadie-Kelley at