Mission & Vision

The Massachusetts Adoption Resource Exchange (MARE) finds adoptive homes for children and teens waiting in foster care.

MARE, a private non-profit agency founded in 1957, provides a unique facilitating role within the Massachusetts adoption community.  We are the central clearinghouse for information about adoption from foster care for families. We collaborate with the Massachusetts Department of Children & Families (DCF) and contracted adoption agencies to connect potential adoptive parents with youth waiting for adoption.   


MARE develops public awareness and recruitment programs to inform the public about the children who wait, and who can adopt from foster care.  We use these programs to attract potential adoptive families and then help them navigate the adoption process.  These programs also serve to recruit adoptive families for specific waiting children.




Our Vision


To find a permanent home for every child in foster care awaiting adoption.

All children need and deserve to grow up in a permanent loving family where they know they belong.  We believe that there is a family for every waiting child. We look to a diverse group of individuals and families to come forward and consider building their family through adoption. 


To provide support services to families and children throughout the adoption process thus creating stable placements.


We support all interested potential parents to help them reach their goal – to parent a child or children.  Through our innovative programs and committed staff, we bridge the gap between children waiting for adoption, potential adoptive families and social workers.