Child Services Intern

About MARE

The Massachusetts Adoption Resource Exchange, Inc. (MARE) finds adoptive families for children and teens in foster care. MARE is the bridge between children in the custody of the Department of Children and Families (DCF) who are in need of permanent homes and families who are interested in adoption. Currently, there are 9,600 children in the foster care system in Massachusetts; 1,136 of them have a goal of adoption but no family member or identified resource has come forward to offer permanency. These are the children and teens MARE serves.




Internship Description

The Child Services Department is looking for 1-2 interns for the 2019-2020 academic year. This position is best suited for a macro Master of Social Work student or a Bachelor of Social Work student with an interest in child welfare, and foster care and adoption. In this position a student will have the opportunity to learn about the adoption process from foster care including the steps to adopt, the needs of the children waiting in foster care and the matching process. Please note that this is an office-based position with limited direct contact with youth.


MARE is willing to work with a candidate's department or professor to satisfy the requirements of an internship program.


Responsibilities will include:

  • Complete registration of children referred to MARE for recruitment by the Department of Children and Families (DCF) in the MARE database. Draft a profile of the child to be used for the MARE website, media recruitment, adoption parties and other recruitment opportunities.
  • Facilitate the matching of children by utilizing the MARE database, informing social workers when a MARE registered family might be an appropriate match for a waiting child and sending the social worker the family’s home study
  • Communicate with families via email and phone who inquire about specific children referred to MARE
  • Carry a small caseload of 2-3 children to perform child specific adoption recruitment for in order to help identify a permanent resource for the child
  • Assist in the coordinating of adoption parties, matching nights, and other MARE events
  • Other duties as assigned by the Director of Child Services or supervisor



Preferred qualifications include:

  • Strong written and verbal communications skills
  • Comfort and ability to interact with diverse groups
  • Comfort and ability to learn and utilize an online database system
  • Experience and/or sincere interest in working as part of a nonprofit organization


Please apply by sending a thoughtful cover letter and current résumé directed to Kim Sheppard, Director of Child Services, at .