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.

Northern Region Matching Night for Licensed Families Featuring Children Ages 5+


Licensed (and nearly licensed) families are invited to attend this event to learn about waiting children, ages 5+. At the event, families will have the opportunity to meet with adoption social workers from the Northern Region to learn about children and sibling groups, and to discuss potential matches with them. 


This is an in-person event and light refreshments will be served. Please note that there will be no waiting children in attendance.


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


Please RSVP by Wednesday, August 10th. 


Questions? Please contact Deborah Noah at deborahn@mareinc.org