How can MARE help?

MARE's Role

At MARE we share a passion and a sense of urgency in finding adoptive families for children who are waiting in foster care. We support families as they navigate the process of foster care adoption from the first call through adoption finalization.  MARE staff are available during business hours to speak with families about the adoption process, refer them to adoption agencies in their region, and provide information about specific waiting children.  Once a family has an approved homestudy, MARE works to identify prospective child matches statewide.  Additionally, MARE hosts informational meetings, adoption events, family support trainings and family networking events throughout the year. 


MARE is the only adoption exchange in Massachusetts and works under contract with the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families.  MARE supports social workers by creating recruitment and exposure opportunities for waiting children, and responding to families who express interest.  A child's social worker is ultimately responsible for determining placement decisions for the children on their caseload.  MARE is not a licensed adoption agency and does not train, homestudy or license adoptive families.  Although we provide services to all children who need us, we specialize in the recruitment of adoptive families for children and youth of color, sibling groups, teenagers, and those with complex emotional, developmental or medical needs.


MARE serves all children, social workers and families with a spirit of compassion, innovation and collaboration.