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.

Case-Teague Family
Photo by Krista Photography
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…

Maldonado-Norton Family
Photo by Liz Linder Photography
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…

Noonan Family
Noonan Family

 

Maria and Kevin Noonan were enjoying a relaxing vacation when they got a call from their social worker. “You know, we got a little boy in our office who just came in and he wants a family with a dog”, said the social worker. She knew the Noonans had a puppy and that they had been working through the adoption process for almost two years. Several weeks…

Buckley Family
Buckley Family

 

One of the most important pieces in the adoption process is support. Support from friends, support from family, and support from one’s greater community are the pillars needed to bolster any adoptive family. Susie Buckley realized this early on.

Susie’s path to adoption started years before she began the actual adoption process. “It was always something…

Puhala-Kenney Family
Puhala-Kenney Family

 

When JoAnne Puhala’s biological mother passed away, her daughter Kloee told extended family members that she would recite a poem and sing a song at the memorial service. This offer caught JoAnne by surprise as Kloee was a shy eight-year-old who had only just met JoAnne’s biological family. As the service came to a close, Kloee stood in front of the alter and…