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.
TBRI® Adoptive Parent Training with MARE
The Massachusetts Adoption Resource Exchange MARE invites pre/adoptive families to an interactive 3-hour virtual training facilitated by Fostering Hope’s TBRI® practitioner trainers. Families should register for one session which correlates with their stage in the adoption process. This is a small-group, interactive training and participants are asked to be available on camera for the entire session.
March 4th – Thursday evening 6-9pm for recently placed or finalized families
April 10th – Saturday morning 9-12pm for families who are preparing to adopt NOW FULL, please select another session
May 11th – Tuesday evening 6-9pm for families who are preparing to adopt (must have completed MAPP training)
June 5th – Saturday morning 9-12pm for recently placed or finalized families
TBRI® is an evidence-based caregiving intervention that is designed to meet the complex needs of children from hard places of abuse, neglect, and/or trauma. TBRI® empowers caregivers and professionals to create within their homes and practices cultures of felt-safety, trust, attachment, and, ultimately, hope and healing. The training will help attendees better understand the needs of children with trauma histories and consider some tools and strategies that maximize their potential for growth in our care. You can learn more about the TBRI® model here: https://youtu.be/FWScSJKjn1A
About the Facilitators:
The training will be facilitated by Jonathan Reid and Mike Brown of Fostering Hope, an organization that empowers churches and individuals to care for children and families impacted by foster care. Practitioners in the trauma-informed Trust-Based Relational Intervention (TBRI®) and Trauma Competent Caregiver® (TCC) care models, Jonathan and Mike speak honestly as they continue to learn and apply these principles not only in their training but also in their homes as foster and adoptive fathers.
The cost of this training is covered by funds from the Massachusetts Court Improvement Program and is offered free of charge to Massachusetts Pre-adoptive and adoptive families through DCF or a contracted agency. Registrations will be on a first-come first-served basis.
For questions about this training, please email Ricardo Franco at email@example.com
How to Register: