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.

Virtual Matching Event for Waiting Families Featuring Children and Siblings ages 12 and up from the Western Region



The Massachusetts Adoption Resource Exchange (MARE) and the Department of Children and Families (DCF) invite you to a virtual matching event featuring children (ages 12+) and sibling groups from Western Massachusetts.

Families located in Massachusetts, a New England state, or New York that have completed MAPP training, are further along in the process, or are fully home studied are welcome to join us to learn more about these waiting children (ages 12+) and sibling groups. All of the sibling groups presented will include at least one child that is age 12 or over.

At the event, you will have the opportunity to hear from social workers in the Western Region about specific youth on their caseload and ask them questions about their potential fit for your family. The event will take place over Zoom, and information about how to access the event will be sent to you upon registration.




If you are a social worker, please contact Maurine Albano at


If you are a waiting family, please contact Emily Goldberger at