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.

Matching Night for Waiting Families Featuring Youth of Color

Waiting families who have completed MAPP are invited to attend this two-part event focused on waiting youth of color. Participation in both parts of the event is encouraged but not required

6:30pm – 7:30pm: A discussion focused on Parenting a Youth of Color: Racial and Cultural Competencies & Tips and Tools from Experienced Families

7:30pm – 8:30pm: Families will have the opportunity to meet with adoption social workers and learn about waiting youth and sibling groups of color, and discuss potential matches.

This is an in-person event with capacity limits and masks will be required by all attendees. There will be no waiting children in attendance.

*Once registered, the address of the location will be sent to you.

For questions please contact Emily Goldberger at