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.

Virtual Matching Night Featuring Youth with Special Needs


Waiting families at any stage of the licensing process, including those who have not yet begun, are invited to attend this two-part virtual event focused on waiting youth with complex physical, intellectual and/or medical needs.

6pm-7pm: A panel discussion featuring experienced adoptive parents of youth with physical, intellectual and/or medical needs.

7pm-8pm: Families will have the opportunity to learn about waiting youth with physical, intellectual and/or medical needs, and to discuss potential matches with their adoption workers.

For questions please contact Ashley Falandys at