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The following informational or training events are hosted by agencies that work in partnership with MARE, listed by region. Contact the host for additional information or registration.


FREE Foster / Adoptive Family Support Group

FREE Childcare Provided

Sunday, April 28th, 1:30pm-2:30pm

Temple Emanuel
7 Haggetts Pond Rd. Andover


What is Second Nurture and how does it work?

Second Nurture is a non-profit organization that partners with communities to
service foster/adoptive families. We hold monthly meetings for foster/adoptive
parents, which we call cohorts, to build a supportive network outside of the
traditional foster care team of social workers and professionals. At each cohort, we
provide free childcare in another room at the same location and our Family Support
Specialist will be there to guide the conversation and assist as needed.

Everyone likes to say, “It takes a village…” but foster/adoptive parents often feel like
they have to go at it alone. Not with Second Nurture – we are here to provide a level
of support that can only be achieved through shared, lived experiences.

Visit to RSVP

Questions? Email


She Is Us: The Story of Judge Songhai Armstead

Hosted by Second Nurture

May 16, 7pm,
Hebrew College, Newton, MA

Meet Rabbi Susan Silverman, Executive Director, and the Second Nurture Team for the local premiere of the film She Is Us: The Story of Judge Songhai Armstead. 

Anyone who is interested in attending this special event can register here.



Adoption/Foster Care Information Sessions


Third Thursday of the Month, 5:30pm - 7:00pm

Learn more about the foster care and adoption process through the Department of Children and Families from the comfort of your own home!

These meetings will be held virtually through WebEx on the third Thursday of every month from 5:30-7:00 PM 

Please RSVP via email to Carolla Sanderson at and you will receive the call in details.

For questions, please


DCF Information Event 


Second Wednesday of the Month, 6:00pm - 7:00pm

The Central Regional ADLU hosts a virtual Informational the second Wednesday of every month from 6:00 -7:00 pm. The Informational requires pre-registration. Once registered, an applicant will be sent the WebEx link to participate.

For registration please email Heather Whitcomb.


DCF Information Event


Monthly event, beginning in August.

The ADLU will host monthly virtual info sessions beginning in August.  

For more information, please contact Fredia Torrence


DCF Information Event

DCF Western Regional Office 140 High Street
Springfield, Massachusetts 01105

For information about upcoming meetings please call DCF at 1-800-543-7508

For questions, please contact