MARE in the News

MARE Event Aims to Connect Foster Children and Parents Together
MARE Event Aims to Connect Foster Children and Parents Together

 

WILBRAHAM, Mass. (WWLP) - WILBRAHAM, Mass. (WWLP) - The Massachusetts Adoption Resource Exchange hosted an adoption party this evening, to bring children and prospective parents closer together.

The Massachusetts Adoption Resource Exchange, also known as MARE, linked up with the Department of Children and Families to help young children find a permanent home. The…

Heart Gallery exhibit raises adoption awareness
Heart Gallery exhibit raises adoption awareness

Two local non-profits are teaming up for the month of June to help find permanent families for Massachusetts children in foster care.

The United Way of Greater New Bedford and the Massachusetts Adoption Resource Exchange (MARE) are working together to display the Heart Gallery, a travelling display of striking portraits featuring foster youth seeking adoption.

The main display…

Jordan’s Furniture Hosts “The Adoption Option” to Find Adoptive Homes for Children in Foster Care
Jordan’s Furniture Hosts “The Adoption Option” to Find Adoptive Homes for Children in Foster Care

(Reading, MA) – Have you ever thought about adopting a child or sibling group? There are over 800 children in Massachusetts who are wait-ing for adoption right now. To learn if you may be the parent a child is waiting for, come to “The Adoption Option,” Sunday, October 1, 8:30-11:00 am, at Jordan’s Furniture, 50 Walker’s Brook Dr., Reading,…

An Enchanting Day for Children and Families
An Enchanting Day for Children and Families

(Avon, MA) – How many opportunities do you get in life to ice skate in July, especially when you live in New England? More than 80 families and 86 children are among those who can make such a claim thanks to a unique event hosted by Jordan’s Furniture. The Massachusetts Adoption Resource Exchange (MARE) brought together waiting children and waiting families on Sunday, July 23, at…

Local Team Supports Foster Children One Step at a Time
Local Team Supports Foster Children One Step at a Time

Springfield, MA – There are many ways to support foster children. You can impact the life of child as a social worker, foster parent, adoptive parent, advocate, service provider or other resource. You may be surprised to learn that this list also includes lacing up your walking or running shoes. One of the most impactful ways to contribute to a waiting child is to help create a sense of…

Jordan’s Furniture Hosts Beanstalk Adoption Party for Children in Foster Care and Prospective Families
Jordan’s Furniture Hosts Beanstalk Adoption Party for Children in Foster Care and Prospective Families

(Reading, MA) –There are over 800 children in Massachusetts who are waiting for adoption right now. To help children needing adoptive homes meet families that are ready to parent, Jordan’s Furniture is hosting a special adoption party this Sunday, March 26, from 8:30 - 11:00 am, at Jordan’s Furniture, 50 Walker’s Brook Dr., Reading, MA. This event is by invitation only.…

HomeBrew Showcase
HomeBrew Showcase

SPRINGFIELD – A charity Homebrew Showcase will take place Aug. 5, 1 to 3 p.m., at Paddy’s Irish Pub, 1060 Wilbraham Road.

            The event will allow amateur brewers in the area the opportunity to share their talents and network with other homebrewers in a stress-free, fun, laid-back atmosphere while raising money…

Mayor Domenic Sarno Proclaims November National Adoption Month
Mayor Domenic Sarno Proclaims November National Adoption Month

(Springfield, MA) – On Thursday, November 2nd, at 10:30 AM, Mayor Sarno of Springfield will hold a reception to highlight the need for foster and adoptive parents in Western Massachusetts. The second annual celebration will open National Adoption Month in Springfield. The event will feature stories from adoptive parents and adopted youth, as we seek to raise awareness of the need for…

Starting a family with a phone call: Exploring adoption from foster care during National Foster Care Month
Starting a family with a phone call: Exploring adoption from foster care during National Foster Care Month

WILMINGTON — Of the 9,600 children in the Massa­chusetts foster care system, 850 are not connected to a potential adoptive home. Af­ter years of decline, the num­ber of children entering the U.S. foster care system nationally is again on the rise, with 437,500 children in foster care nationwide in 2016, according to the U.S. Administration for Children and…

Annual Walk/Run for Adoption Helps Local Children Find Adoptive Homes  Jordan’s Furniture to Host 5K
Annual Walk/Run for Adoption Helps Local Children Find Adoptive Homes Jordan’s Furniture to Host 5K

Taunton, MA - Jordan’s Furniture, New England’s premiere furniture retailer, is hosting the 9th Annual Walk/Run for Adoption on Sunday, May 20 from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm at its Taunton facility. This event will benefit the Massachusetts Adoption Resource Exchange (MARE) in its ongoing mission to find adoptive homes for children and teens waiting in foster…

Fenway Park Event Hits a Home Run for Waiting Massachusetts Foster Children Jordan’s Furniture to Host Adoption Party
Fenway Park Event Hits a Home Run for Waiting Massachusetts Foster Children Jordan’s Furniture to Host Adoption Party

 

June 3rd, 2018

Boston, MA - Jordan’s Furniture, New England’s premiere furniture retailer, is hosting the Fenway Park Adoption Grand Slam event in Boston on Sunday, June 3rd.This event will benefit Massachusetts foster children awaiting adoption and the Massachusetts Adoption Resource Exchange (MARE)…

Massachusetts Adoption Resource Exchange Takes Commitment to Inclusive Programming to Pride Week 2018 to Debunk Adoption Myths
Massachusetts Adoption Resource Exchange Takes Commitment to Inclusive Programming to Pride Week 2018 to Debunk Adoption Myths

 

Boston, MA – From June 1 to June 9, the Massachusetts Adoption Resource Exchange (MARE) will join Boston community members attending events across the city to celebrate Pride Week 2018. MARE’s goal is to celebrate the positive changes that have come through inclusive programming for all children and families while providing education…

Massachusetts Adoption Resource Exchange Hosts Book Reading Event During Family Week
Massachusetts Adoption Resource Exchange Hosts Book Reading Event During Family Week

(Provincetown, MA) –Families come in all shapes and sizes and the way in which families are formed happens in as many different ways. The countless options range from traditional conception to enhanced traditional conception, surrogacy, foreign and domestic adoption, foster care and family engagement. Regardless of the path that one chooses, there is a conscious choice to become a family,…

Two Organizations Helping Cape Foster Kids Find Permanent Families
Two Organizations Helping Cape Foster Kids Find Permanent Families

PROVINCETOWN- Officials with the Provincetown Public Library and the Massachusetts Adoption Resource Exchange, are teaming up for the month of August to help find permanent families for local children in foster care.

“Since 2005 one of the ways in which we have been making connections is through our ‘Heart Gallery’ which is a striking display of foster youth currently…

Local Event Finds Permanent Homes for Foster Children with Special Needs
Local Event Finds Permanent Homes for Foster Children with Special Needs

ANDOVER, Mass - On Sunday, August 19, 2018, the Massachusetts Adoption Resource Exchange (MARE) hosted its 9th annual Ironstone Adoption Party for children with special needs. This unique adoption event brought more than twenty foster youth with a range of physical, intellectual, and emotional disabilities together with DCF social workers and prospective adoptive families for a day…

November is Springfield's Observance of National Adoption Month
November is Springfield's Observance of National Adoption Month

 

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) - Mayor Domenic Sarno announced Springfield's observance of National Adoption Month Thursday.

Representatives from the Massachusetts Adoption Resource exchange came to City Hall for the announcement.

They'll be attending Sunday's adoption party at the Westfield Boys and Girls Club.

The event is expected to bring together dozens of…

Jordan’s Furniture to help children find families
Jordan’s Furniture to help children find families

 

In Massachusetts, there are more than 1,100 children currently awaiting an adoptive connection. To help children needing adoptive homes meet families that are ready to parent, Jordan’s Furniture, in partnership with the Massachusetts Resource Exchange (MARE), is holding a summer mixer on Saturday, July 13, at Assumption College, 500 Salisbury St., Worcester. The day opens…

 Massachusetts Adoption Resource Exchange Hosts Annual Adoption Party
Massachusetts Adoption Resource Exchange Hosts Annual Adoption Party

 

11/3/2019

 

WESTFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – The Massachusetts Adoption Resource Exchange hosted its 12th annual adoption party on Sunday, hoping to connect some children with potential families.

The event held at the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Westfield featured magicians, arts and crafts, games and gymnastic demonstrations.

Potential…

National Adoption Day: 140 Massachusetts children formally adopted today
National Adoption Day: 140 Massachusetts children formally adopted today

 

WORCESTER, Mass. - It was a special day for 140 children who have been in state foster care in Massachusetts as they were formally adopted as a part of National Adoption Day.

The adoptions took place at six courthouses across the state, including one in Worcester, where the Curry family became a family of five.

Boston 25 News introduced you to the Curry family of…

Patriots Present Patriots Difference Maker of the Week Award to Ashia Ray from Newton, Mass.
Patriots Present Patriots Difference Maker of the Week Award to Ashia Ray from Newton, Mass.

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (Sept. 24, 2018) - Eight years ago, the Kraft family and Patriots Foundation introduced Celebrate Volunteerism, a season-long initiative focused on recognizing community volunteers and promoting the importance of giving back to the community through service.

Throughout the 2018 season, the foundation will continue its Celebrate Volunteerism…

130 children in Massachusetts find forever homes during National Adoption Day
130 children in Massachusetts find forever homes during National Adoption Day

 

BROCKTON, MASS. (WHDH) - The Reids have been counting down the moments until they officially became a family of four.

Jay and his wife Heather finalized their adoption of siblings 4-year-old Maria and 2-year-old Will Friday during National Adoption Day.

“We have wanted children since the very beginning and we had some struggles along the way, and by the…

Boy Featured On Wednesday’s Child Gets Forever Home On National Adoption Day
Boy Featured On Wednesday’s Child Gets Forever Home On National Adoption Day

 

 

BOSTON (CBS) – Friday was one of the most joyful days you can imagine because thousands of foster children across the country have found their forever homes. Including more than 100 kids here in Mass.

It’s National Adoption Day and for a little boy we introduced you to on Wednesday’s Child, the dream is now real.

“Today my…

'Don't cry, daddy. I love you': New families celebrate National Adoption Day
'Don't cry, daddy. I love you': New families celebrate National Adoption Day

 

 

BOSTON - It was a very special day for dozens of Massachusetts families as 136 children in foster care got their forever homes.

Three-year-old Josiah was one of 26 children with finalized adoptions in Boston. Across the state, more than 130 got their forever families as a part of National Adoption Day.

"Today we are adopting Josiah! After six…

Adoption Information Event Highlights Adoption Experience
Adoption Information Event Highlights Adoption Experience

Northampton, MA – The Forbes Library is hosting an event on Saturday, June 24 to help the Massachusetts Adoption Resource Exchange (MARE) spread the word about the need for adoptive families. This free informational event is open to anyone considering adoption from foster care. Come hear about the adoption experience from a panel of experienced parents and from adoption professional and…

Jordan’s Furniture Hosts Beanstalk Adoption Party
Jordan’s Furniture Hosts Beanstalk Adoption Party

 

 

(Reading, MA) –There are over 850 children in Massachusetts who are waiting for adoption right now. To help children needing adoptive homes meet families that are ready to parent, Jordan’s Furniture is hosting a special adoption party on Sunday, March 25, from 8:30 - 11:00 am, at Jordan’s Furniture, 50 Walker’s Brook Dr., Reading, MA. This…

A Day of Fun and Play Leads To Permanent Connections
A Day of Fun and Play Leads To Permanent Connections

WESTFIELD, MA—There over 850 children across the Commonwealth of Massachusetts living in foster care, waiting for a loving and caring adoptive home. To help address the need for Western Massachusetts adoptive families, the Massachusetts Adoption Resource Exchange (MARE) is hosting its annual Western Massachusetts Adoption Party on Sunday November 4, from 1:30- 3:00 PM at the Westfield…

Beanstalk Adoption Party 2019
Beanstalk Adoption Party 2019

 

Over 700 children, families, social workers, and volunteers all gathered at the Jordan's Furniture in Reading for our Beanstalk Adoption Party! We strive to create a relaxed, fun environment that all the kids can enjoy, and where prospective families have a real opportunity to connect. Every year, there are dozens of matches made because of events like this and we couldn't be…

Jordan's Adoption Summer Mixer at Assumption College
Jordan's Adoption Summer Mixer at Assumption College

 

(Worcester, MA) – In Massachusetts, there are over 1,100 children currently awaiting an adoptive connection. To help children needing adoptive homes meet families that are ready to parent, Jordan’s Furniture, in partnership with the Massachusetts Resource Exchange (MARE), is hosting a summer mixer on Saturday, July 13th at Assumption College in Worcester, MA. The day…

Vanessa & Clay's Adoption Story
Vanessa & Clay's Adoption Story

 

Vanessa and her husband Clay always planned to adopt after having children of their own, but sadly they found out they would not be able to have biological children. In July 2016, they learned about the Massachusetts Adoption Recourse Exchange (M.A.R.E.) and decided to start the adoption process. After two years, they were able to adopt two siblings (ages 10 and 12) on…

Local Organization Holds Adoption Party to Find Homes for Children with Special Needs
Local Organization Holds Adoption Party to Find Homes for Children with Special Needs

 

HOLYOKE, Mass. (WWLP) – A local organization is working hard to give every child a home. The Massachusetts Adoption Resource Exchange held an adoption party Sunday morning.

 

The event focused on finding homes for children with special needs.

 

Potential parents and children with physical and developmental needs met at the Holyoke…

Adoptive Parents Needed Across Massachusetts
Adoptive Parents Needed Across Massachusetts

 

(Reading, MA) – Have you ever thought about adopting a child or sibling group? There are over 1,100 children in Massachusetts who are waiting for adoption right now. To learn if you may be the parent a child is waiting for, consider attending “The Adoption Option,” Sunday, October 6th, from 8:30 – 11:00 am, at Jordan’s Furniture, 50 Walkers Brook…

Volunteer of the week: Concord’s Kristen Ferguson
Volunteer of the week: Concord’s Kristen Ferguson

 

The following is the most recent installment of the Concord Journal/Wicked Local Concord Volunteer of the Week, where we spotlight members of the community who have made significant contributions as volunteers.

This week, the spotlight shines on Concord resident Krsiten Ferguson, a volunteer at…

‘We feel blessed’ -- Families celebrate 44 new additions at Brockton adoption ceremony
‘We feel blessed’ -- Families celebrate 44 new additions at Brockton adoption ceremony

 

BROCKTON — Six-year-old Laila Pacheco smiled as a judge and family members sang “Happy Birthday” to her.

It wasn’t the only cause for celebration. Friday also marked the Taunton girl’s adoption by her grandparents.

“It feels humbling and we feel very blessed,” said Michelle Pacheco about the adoption and her…

Adoption Day In Massachusetts Brings Smiles To New Families
Adoption Day In Massachusetts Brings Smiles To New Families

 

BOSTON (CBS) — Friday was one of the happiest days you can imagine for dozens of children here in Massachusetts. That’s because it was the 17th National Adoption Day celebration in Massachusetts. Many kids have found their forever families.

At courthouse ceremonies, everyone was smiling ear to ear. Six-year-old Darison was beaming as the couple who’ve…

New families come together in Worcester on the ‘happiest day of the year’
New families come together in Worcester on the ‘happiest day of the year’

 

WORCESTER — In Worcester Juvenile Court Friday morning, when session clerk Franklin Ponte announced “this adoption is final and irrevocable,” Judge Carol A. Erskine handed her gavel to Leevi Borg and his new sister Ella Sophia.

The children then banged the gavel three times, making Ella’s adoption final. The courtroom then filled with cheering…

National Adoption Day observed in Holyoke
National Adoption Day observed in Holyoke

HOLYOKE, Mass. (WWLP) – Fourteen western Massachusetts families grew during child adoptions at Holyoke Juvenile Court Friday.

It was a joyous day as these couples adopted children who had been in their foster care. Families such as Jeremy and Kristi Tessier of Hampden, who formally adopted three brothers, in addition to another child they had adopted previously.

Kristi…

On National Adoption Day, tears, excitement and that 'mac and cheese'
On National Adoption Day, tears, excitement and that 'mac and cheese'

 

PITTSFIELD — Berkshire Juvenile Court Judge Joan McMenemy asked 9-year-old Joshua Codding what he liked most about living with his two moms, who officially adopted him Friday.

"The family," he said from a table in the courtroom.

"The mac and cheese," his grandfather reminded him from the sidelines.

The Coddings were one of six Berkshire County…

140 children in foster care adopted at ceremonies in Holyoke and across the state
140 children in foster care adopted at ceremonies in Holyoke and across the state

 

HOLYOKE — Some 140 children who have been in state foster care were formally adopted in six courthouses across the state as part of National Adoption Day.

The annual event raises awareness of the thousands of Massachusetts children in need of adoptive families.

Ceremonies took place at Hampden County Juvenile Court in Holyoke, Edward W. Brooke Courthouse in…

Sudbury Couple Adopts 3 Young Brothers, Just in Time for Thanksgiving
Sudbury Couple Adopts 3 Young Brothers, Just in Time for Thanksgiving

 

A growing family is getting ready to spend their first Thanksgiving together after a Sudbury, Massachusetts couple adopted three young brothers on National Adoption Day.

Lena and KC Currie quickly grew from a happy couple into a family after adopting 4-year-old Joey in 2017. The boy was under the care of the Department of Children and Families and needed a permanent…

Jordan’s Furniture Welcomes Adopted Kids, Families To Enchanted Village
Jordan’s Furniture Welcomes Adopted Kids, Families To Enchanted Village

 

AVON, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) — Jordan’s Furniture was a winter wonderland Sunday for adopted children and their families.

At the private event, in celebration of National Adoption Month, the children and families got to explore the store’s annual Enchanted Village.

Jordan’s furniture in Avon is hosting a private event to families who adopted…

‘We feel blessed’: Mattapoisett family among those celebrating 44 new additions at Brockton adoption ceremony
‘We feel blessed’: Mattapoisett family among those celebrating 44 new additions at Brockton adoption ceremony

 

BROCKTON — Six-year-old Laila Pacheco smiled as a judge and family members sang “Happy Birthday” to her.

It wasn’t the only cause for celebration. Friday, Nov. 22 also marked the Taunton girl’s adoption by her grandparents.

“It feels humbling and we feel very blessed,” said Michelle Pacheco about the adoption and her…

Jordan’s celebrates the holidays with adopted families

 

On a recent Sunday morning, HFA member Jordan’s Furniture turned its Avon, Mass., store into a winter wonderland for adopted children and their families.

In celebration of National Adoption Month, local families and their recently adopted children showed up at Jordan’s on Nov. 24 for an invitation-only chance to explore the store’s annual Enchanted…

Sudbury couple adopts three brothers to keep the group together
Sudbury couple adopts three brothers to keep the group together

 

SUDBURY – When they first saw the boy with the big, wide brown eyes and Batman pajamas, Lena and KC Currie felt an instant connection.

The couple were interested in adopting and were at an adoption event when they saw a photo of Joey, then 18 months old. At the time, he had been staying in a loving foster home.

“It put a face to what was an…