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.

Fostering Creativity: Youth Art Showcase


Join us for an art gallery-style event featuring creative designs, artwork, and messages from youth who have experienced foster care!


Right now, there are more than 8,000 youth in Massachusetts foster care and hundreds of them have no permanent family. Their voices are often unheard. We want to change that.


Fostering Creativity is a public awareness campaign that seeks to empower those who have experienced foster care to share their perspective with the world through the power of art. Through their creative expression, these youth are raising their voices to share their real experiences with foster care, family, and adoption.


Working collaboratively with MARE, these youth have designed T-shirts that will help raise awareness about foster care and adoption. Each shirt features art, designs, and a message they want to share with the world.


To kick-off National Adoption Month, we are collaborating with More Than Words to host an inspiring event featuring these youth artists. Join us on November 2nd, any time from 5:30pm – 8:30pm, for a showcase event. This open house event will give you a chance to drop by, view the art and designs, hear from the youth themselves, and even meet the artists!


All T-shirt designs will be available in the MARE Online Store for purchase. We hope you will join us in supporting the creativity and unique voices of these kids.