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 featuring You Gotta Believe



Attention Massachusetts Social Workers

Are you looking for matches for the older children and teens on your caseload?
Join us for a virtual matching event on Zoom on
Friday, July 10th from 10:30am - 12pm.


You Gotta Believe is a New York agency that focuses on finding permanency for young adults, teens and pre-teens in foster care.

At the event, two family social workers from the agency will present 10-15 of their waiting families over Zoom. All families presented live in the Greater NYC area and are licensed or have completed MAPP (Model Approach to Partnerships and Parenting). These families are also open to having a child from Massachusetts placed with them. In addition, the large majority of these families are open to being matched with pre-teens or teens.


To participate you will just need to be able to connect to the internet from your device of choice.


After you register, detailed instructions on how to access the event will be sent to you.

For questions please contact Emily Goldberger at