MARE Success Stories

Over the years, MARE has found permanent, loving families for thousands of children waiting in foster care. Read about a few of these phenomenal families who, in the course of making a difference in a child’s life, also had their own life-changing experiences.

If you have adopted with MARE’s help and have a success story to share, we want to hear from you. Please email your story and picture to Diane Tomaz, Director of Family Support Services, dianet@MAREinc.org.

Anne English
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Anne English

 

Anne English just knew in her heart that she was meant to be a mother. However, when she was ready to take on the role, she wasn’t in a relationship or really young enough to wait much longer. For English, her answer to parenting was always going to be adoption.

“I had looked into international adoption and all of the options for adoption. The best option for…

Case-Teague Family
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Case-Teague Family

 

Along the course of the long and winding road of adoption, there are fits and starts. For Robert Case and Chris Teagues, that was the case that led them to adopting now-9-year-old Anna and 5-year-old Christian.

“For whatever reason, we had always been thinking about adoption. I remember being younger and thinking that adoption was such a nice thing to…

Tinirella Family
Tinirella Family

 

There he was, just a little boy in a brown coat who was looking for a family and a place to call home. Dominick, that same little boy in the brown coat on the television just felt like the missing piece to the Tinirella family which by any measure felt complete just minutes before. As they settled in to watch the evening news, they first laid eyes on the nine-year-old boy who…

French Family
French Family
French Family

In 1967, Joan and Chuck French wanted a family. Joan, then a 33 year old volunteer with the Red Cross who had a passion for cooking, and Chuck, 35, who traveled a great deal for business, decided to turn to adoption through the state as their starting point. They adopted Mark and he arrived at their home 10 days after being born. Eight years later, they adopted another child, a six month old…

Volz-Benoit Family
Volz-Benoit Family

 

Sitting in the stands at Springfield College’s Blake Arena, the Volz-Benoit family cheers and roots for the Pride’s men’s gymnastics team at every home meet. With five children, the family comes equipped with the strength in numbers that any good cheering section truly demands from its constituents. However, the family isn’t cheering on a sibling or…

Chambers-Holland Family
Chambers-Holland Family

 

Surrounded by crying, kicking, and tantrums it finally dawned on Robert and Jim, “we can do this”. As they walked through Disneyworld with their nieces and nephews in tow, amongst the breakdowns and tired parents, it became more and more clear that if other people could manage this sort of loveable chaos then so could they. Adoption had always…

Evans Family
The Evans Family
Evans Family

It was the holiday season and things were busy in the Evans household as Derrick and Julie were preparing to leave for their annual road trip to Georgia. The couple had found the MARE website and right before they hopped in the car, they submitted an inquiry together. Giddy with anticipation, they talked about the possibilities of adoption the entire drive. The wait was almost…

Maldonado-Norton Family
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Maldonado-Norton Family

For Angel and Leonard, growing their family through adoption was never a matter of if, it was always a matter of when. After 16 years together, the Boston-based couple began to think more seriously about that matter of when, "We started saying there are so many kids who need love and caring"…

Maher Family
Maher Family

Toni and Bill Maher's connection with adoption began in a supermarket of all places. While it is often difficult to pinpoint the exact moment that the seeds of adoption are planted in a family's mind, the Maher family can trace that moment to a unique encounter with a distressed stranger at their local grocery store.

After Toni and Bill welcomed their two biological sons, Andrew…