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 for Waiting Families Featuring Youth from the Boston Region



The Massachusetts Adoption Resource Exchange (MARE) and the Boston Region Department of Children and Families (DCF), invite you to a virtual matching event featuring children and sibling groups from the Boston Region! If you are a family that is currently enrolled in MAPP or further along in the process, please join us to hear from adoption social workers about waiting youth (ages 5+) and to discuss potential matches for your family with them. 


Please note that this is a virtual event. After you register, a Zoom link will be sent to you.




Waiting Families, please contact Emily Goldberger at


Social Workers, please contact Janet Labadie-Kelley at



For questions please contact Janet Labadie-Kelley at