Because every child deserves a family.
Right this moment, there are nearly 9,600 children in the foster care system in Massachusetts. These children have been removed from their homes due to abuse or neglect and to prevent future harm. Some will be reunited with their birth parents; others will be adopted by family members or close friends. Over 1,100 of them have nowhere to go. These children face the prospect of growing up in foster care, eventually aging out of the system with no supports.
Because every child deserves stability.
The stress and instability of life in foster care takes a physical and psychological toll. Many children enter foster care with medical, mental health, and/or developmental needs and some children live in as many as 12-15 homes before they turn 18. Youth who do not find permanent families and age out of foster care are far more likely to experience drug and alcohol abuse, teen pregnancy, unemployment, and incarceration.
Because every child deserves permanency.
Permanency – a lifelong family connection – is what every child needs. MARE fosters permanency by bringing children to the attention of potential adoptive parents in positive and creative ways; and recruiting, supporting, and advocating for families throughout the adoption process.
Why give to MARE?
We depend on donations from caring individuals to help us find homes for children and teens waiting in foster care. Private donations are essential to fully fund our programs, which go beyond what state agencies can offer.
Donate to MARE today. Give the gift of family.