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 and Greet


Holden Chapel
279 Reservoir Street, Holden, MA 01520
Saturday, September 18th from 10:00am to 1:00pm

The DCF Central Region Adoption Collaborative and the Massachusetts Adoption Resource Exchange (MARE) invite you to an in-person Adoption Meet & Greet! If you are a family that is currently licensed to adopt from foster care, please join us to meet waiting school-aged children and sibling groups from the Central Region.

Activities will include games, arts & crafts, and a petting zoo. A pizza lunch will be served and other individually wrapped snacks and drinks will be provided. All participants are required to wear a mask indoors regardless of vaccination status, but there will be opportunities for mask breaks in certain outdoor areas/events.

For questions please contact Kristina Russell at