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The Massachusetts Adoption Resource Exchange (MARE) is a nonprofit organization that finds adoptive homes for children and teens in foster care. We are invested in permanency for every child. MARE works with the Commonwealth’s Department of Children & Families (DCF) and 10 adoption agencies across the state, to connect potential adoptive families with youth waiting for adoption. MARE’s Child Services team registers each waiting child in need of an adoptive family and develops and executes a plan to find a family specifically for him or her utilizing an array of positive and creative recruitment tools. Tools include photo and video profiles, media campaigns, targeted outreach, adoption parties, and web-based services. The Child Services team looks for families that may be a match for a particular child and forwards appropriate family homestudies to the child’s adoption worker. MARE’s Family Support Services team offers information and support to prospective adoptive parents and provides guidance, mentorship, and assistance to those families as they navigate the lengthy adoption process. For 60 years MARE has invested in the firm belief that there is a family for every waiting child.

Photographer: Ashia Ray

We find adoptive homes for children and teens in foster care. Angel, 8; Registration #5297 Photographer: Liz Linder

Dear Friends, It has been a year of changes. A year of events. A year of big things. The 12 months of fiscal year 2017 brought political upheaval, societal unrest, and national and local dialogues on equality, race, religion, and citizenship. It was a year of differing opinions on how to make our lives better. The year saw the continuation of the devastating opioid crisis, disrupting families and leading to even greater numbers of children entering the foster care system. Here in Massachusetts, we saw an 8% increase in the number of children needing MARE’s services. But, it wasn’t all bad news. The year also marked a record-breaking 83% national high school graduation rate, a new low of 4% for the rate of uninsured children, a return to pre-recession levels for childhood poverty, and a comeback Super Bowl victory for the New England Patriots. For MARE, changes were plentiful. We brought on 5 new staff members and promoted 3 others. Last fall, the organization underwent a restructuring designed to allow program staff more time to focus solely on recruitment, provide a specialized department to create top-quality communications, and give me the ability to engage in long-term planning and strategy. MARE also began a strategic planning process with our Board of Directors to identify goals, outline growth plans, and codify our vision for increased success. We invested in the organization so that we can do more. And do more we did. 260 waiting children and teens were placed in adoptive homes through MARE services over the course of FY17. That represents a 28% increase over last year. We invested in technology, paving the way for a pivotal systems shift that will roll out in the coming year as our enhanced website and database go live. We are changing the way we work, while staying true to the work we do. The next year is an important one for the organization. As we celebrate six decades of finding adoptive homes for waiting children, MARE will be introducing a new way to interact with social workers and families. We have left our homebase in Boston for a new, more accessible location in Newton. Our strategic planning process will continue and lead us into the next chapter of MARE’s growth. I am proud to share this FY17 Annual Report with you and incredibly excited about the year to come. As we head towards MARE’s 60th Anniversary, join me by investing in waiting children and in creating families. We can’t do it without you. Yours,

Lisa Funaro & Board Member Paul Deletetsky at the 9th Annual Golf For Charity Tournament benefiting MARE


Executive Director Massachusetts Adoption Resource Exchange




MARE’s strategic planning process launched during FY17 and will continue into the next year. One notable early outcome is the updated, streamlined mission statement on page 2. All staff and members of the Board of Directors were part of crafting an organizational vision. Committees worked to set initiatives for the next year in each of the following five areas. Major initiatives included:

As of FY17 MARE is a 16-person team at full capacity. A September 2016 restructuring of the management team, along with some key promotions and new hires, kick-started a plan to utilize our human capital to maximize impact. An Associate Director position was created to supervise the day-to-day activities of the Child Services, Family Support Services, and PR & Communications departments. Development and PR & Communications were formally separated with the latter department becoming a team of 3. Myriad communications functions that had been handled by Child Services Coordinators were moved to the purview of the communications team. These changes will allow for more high-level strategy from the Executive Director, as well as a much sharper focus on serving children and families for our program staff.

MARE is in the midst of a game-changing transition to an entirely web-based system for its social worker clients as well as prospective adoptive families. This will provide faster, better, and more comprehensive services for families looking to be matched with a waiting child and will increase the speed at which MARE receives information from and relays it to social workers – all of which will increase the number of children placed into adoptive homes and decrease the length of time it takes.

Executive Leadership:

Improve infrastructure and position programs for growth

Communications & Public Relations: Optimize brand identity

Family Support Services:

Assess existing programs and analyze capacity for growth

Child Services:

Increase education of and direct interaction with social workers; develop more individualized and extensive recruitment strategies



Develop and implement a Major Donor Program

MARE now has 5 interrelated departments, maximizing our impact: Child Services, Family Support Services, PR & Communications, Development, and Administration.

83% of all inquiries to MARE in FY17 were made via the web.

MARE INVESTS IN CHILDREN The Child Services team is comprised of Child Services Coordinators (CSCs) who are each responsible for a caseload of waiting children in a particular region, and 2 Wendy’s Wonderful Kids Recruiters that carry a small caseload of waiting children for intensive recruitment. CSCs utilize an array of recruitment tools to find a family for each child or sibling group waiting in their region, including those below. Child Registration and Matching. CSCs register waiting children in collaboration with their social workers, and then work to match them with families. CSCs reviewed more than 1,400 homestudies submitted by families in FY17.

Children Placed Through MARE Services

Web Services. Families can view photos, profiles, and videos of waiting children, as well as search our database to find and inquire about children who might be a good fit for their family. CSCs created 464 new profiles in FY17. 13% of FY17 placements resulted from web services. Child-Specific Media Campaigns. Features on individual children or sibling groups were placed 402 times in print, 21 times on television, and once on the radio. Additionally there were 50 Wednesday’s Child segments produced for television and/or web and showcased by CBS Boston (WBZ). Adoption Parties/ Matching Events. CSCs organized 8 adoption parties (waiting children, families, and workers) and 5 matching events (families and workers only). Adoption parties were the primary placement source for waiting children last year, resulting in 85 children placed (32% of the FY17 total, up from 26% in FY16).

New Child Registrations

What is Wendy’s Wonderful Kids? The Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption awards grants to fund adoption professionals who implement proactive, child-focused recruitment programs targeted exclusively on moving America’s longest-waiting children from foster care into adoptive families. MARE is lucky to have grants to fund two Wendy’s Wonderful Kids Recruiters. Each has a caseload of 10-15 children who have been registered with MARE the longest. These recruiters employ aggressive practices and proven tactics focused on finding the best home for a child, starting with circles of family and friends, and then reaching out to the communities in which they live. This process includes case record review, regular meetings with children, assessment, recruitment plan creation, and adoption preparation. Recently released research from a five-year evaluation of Wendy’s Wonderful Kids shows that children served by the program are up to three times more likely to get adopted.

Children Served in FY17 Photographer: Anne Hurlbut


THE MARE EFFECT There were 922 children served by MARE during FY17. 376 of them found forever families and were placed into adoptive homes. 69% of those placements were a direct result of MARE’s services. Without MARE there would be many more children waiting to be adopted. MARE is able to connect waiting children and families who may not otherwise come in to contact.





Last year 135 children (more than half of those placed through MARE’s services) were placed across region and/or agency.

106 children were placed as part of a sibling group in FY17.

215 of the 260 children placed had at least one physical, intellectual, or emotional disability.


Adoption Parties


Foster Families


Agency Referral Web Services


Internal Referral/ Matching


Wendy’s Wonderful Kids



Match Meetings

1.42 YEARS

The average length of time a child waited for placement.


The average age of a child at placement.


9% 2% 57%

Photographer: Judy West


HE average length of time a child was registered with MARE prior to being placed last year was 1 year and 5 months. For some children, the wait is much longer.

It is a delicate and difficult proposition to find a family that will be perfect for a waiting child. The process is often rife with false starts, frustration, and disappointment. It is never easy. Yet, there is no time limit to how long MARE will work on behalf of a waiting child; no maximum number of recruitment tools we will use. Because we are invested in finding a home for every single one of these unique and worthy kids.

MARE Invested in Veronica. Veronica will be 18 in December. She has been registered with MARE since a few months before her tenth birthday. She is still waiting for a forever family. After she was legally freed for adoption in 2010, MARE was able to utilize all of its recruitment tools on Veronica’s behalf. She attends adoption parties, has been featured on Wednesday’s Child on WBZ-TV4 (3 times) and in numerous newspapers and online publications, and has photo and video profiles posted on the MARE website. Every few months for the past 8 years, the Child Services Team scours the MARE database for matches. When a potential family is identified for a waiting child, the Child Services Coordinator reviews the family’s homestudy (a comprehensive assessment completed by DCF) and, if believed to be a potential fit, forwards it with a recommendation to the child’s adoption worker. Veronica needs a female-only family where she would be the only or the youngest child. Her forever family needs to be able to provide support for her cognitive delays and personal history. Many potential families expressed interest in Veronica. It is easy to be drawn to her sweet smile and infectious dancing (once she has warmed up, her shyness disappears!). However, finding an appropriate family constellation that is prepared for her needs and history is challenging. Veronica was matched three times between 2014 and 2016. Each of the families met Veronica at an adoption party and started to move forward in the process with home visits. None ended up being the family that Veronica needed. MARE’s Child Services Team has worked just as hard on Veronica’s behalf in the last two years as it did when she was newly registered. Child Services Coordinator Rebecca

Photographer: Ashia Ray

Veronica will be 18 in December. She has been registered with MARE since a few months before her tenth birthday. She is still waiting for a forever family.

Raposa set a goal in her 2016 annual performance review to increase recruitment efforts for Veronica. At that time, Veronica was one of nearly 150 children on Rebecca’s caseload.

In April of 2016 Rebecca met with Veronica’s adoption worker at DCF along with the Adoption Unit Supervisor to formalize a plan for recruitment. Following that meeting, Rebecca engaged in targeted outreach to groups supporting individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, as well as the LGBTQ community. She reached out to all 18 local chapters of The Arc, as well as the state headquarters, along with 26 different advocacy groups and nonprofit organizations serving or championing those with disabilities. Rebecca provided information on Veronica, links to her online profiles, and a request to share the information within their networks. Many responded by featuring Veronica in newsletters or on social media. Veronica’s profile was also shared extensively within the religious and Spanish-speaking communities. Ricardo Franco, MARE’s Family Support Services Coordinator brought Veronica’s Heart Gallery portrait to churches and community events. He spoke to leaders about her need for a family and asked them to share her profile with their groups. That summer, Rebecca met with Veronica in person at her residential program. Typically only the intensive recruitment by Wendy’s Wonderful Kids Recruiters includes meetings with waiting children, but Rebecca wanted to personally assure Veronica that MARE, DCF, and others were still working to find her a family. Rebecca also arranged for

Veronica to meet Ashia Ray, a blogger and photographer who was interested in spending a day with a teen in foster care. The resulting blog post in October generated dozens of inquiries about Veronica (to read that blog post go to: She received a lot of gifts, a pen pal, and a visiting resource (an adult that makes a long-term commitment to be a friend and meet with a child on a monthly or bi-monthly basis). Veronica will be 18 soon. She is still registered with MARE, but there is an invisible ticking clock we all can hear. Rebecca advocated for Veronica to be added to Lauren Walcott’s Wendy’s Wonderful Kids caseload and Lauren is exploring every single possibility including those that came as a result of Ashia’s blog post. We know that Veronica deserves a forever family and we plan on finding her one. We are invested in Veronica.

Here is why our investment matters – on November 9, 2017 Veronica found out that her pen pal will be adopting her. Her forever family has been found.

MARE INVESTS IN FAMILIES MARE’s Family Support Services team works with families from the initial phone call expressing interest through legalization of an adoption from foster care. The most successful adoptive families are often those that seek outside resources, like the ones provided by MARE, to support them on their journey. In FY17, Family Support Services: • Handled 458 contacts from families with general inquiries about the adoption process (compared to 415 in FY 16) • Initiated 960 outreach contacts to families who had previously inquired, offering assistance with next steps in the process (compared to 875 in FY16) • Engaged with 143 families that followed up in response to outreach contact


New Families Contacted MARE


• Held 232 support consultations with families providing individualized counseling, guidance, and resources


• Created 34 new Mentor/Mentee Relationships, an increase of nearly 60% from FY16

New Family Support Events in 2017 • Western MA Info Event: organized in response to higher percentage of waiting children in the area as compared to pre-adoptive families • Adoptive Family Meet & Greet: an event to recruit prospective adoptive families through meeting and hearing from experienced adoptive parents


• Family Fun Days: social networking and family support events for families who have been placed with children but may not finalize their adoptions for some time




Single Female

FAMILY INTERESTED IN ADOPTION FROM FOSTER CARE Family makes intial contact with MARE to request general information; receives introduction packet for new families

March 2016

1 Month Check-in from Family Support Services; receives list of DCF offices and contracted agencies in their area

April 2016





Single Male


FAMILY REGISTERS FOR MAPP TRAINING 6-Month Check-in from Family Support Services; receives information on upcoming events

September 2016

Family registers for and attends Adoption Party

October 2016

Family registers for and Family Meet & Greet to about the process

December 2

Highlight - The Family Blog

New Mentor/Mentee Relationships

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The MARE family blog was created as a space for adoptive families to share their stories and read about the experiences of others. It is a landing spot for issues related to foster care adoption and for readers to empathize, commiserate, relate to, and see themselves in the stories of others. Entries are written by adoptive parents, many of whom were assisted by MARE during their journey, along with posts from MARE’s Director of Family Support Services, herself an adoptive parent. Topics include race, religion, culture, birth families, learning challenges and successes, educating others about adoption, trauma, and – of course – the kids. The blog launched in April, 2017 and had 11,648 views and 5,647 visitors between April and June.

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Photographer: Ashia Ray

FAMILY’S HOMESTUDY COMPLETED Family contacts Family Support Services with questions

March 2017


Family registers homestudy with MARE; family’s homestudy sent by MARE to DCF to be considered for several children

Family registers for and attends Family Fun Day for recently placed families

April 2017

June 2017

Family signs up to participate as a Mentor Family for MARE

October 2017

Photographer: Jill Smith

HEIRS is a story of perseverance. Adopting from foster care is often a one step forward, two steps back process. It isn’t predictable and often takes a bit of luck. Luckily, Felix Vega believes that everything happens for a reason. Felix Vega and Israel Alicea have been together for nearly 30 years. They are a quiet, kind couple, both originally from Puerto Rico and partial to fashionable hats. Felix initially contacted MARE in 2011, inquiring about adoption. A few months later, he started to volunteer for the organization, working to recruit and support Latino families alongside Ricardo Franco, MARE’s Family Support Services Coordinator. Felix and Israel enrolled in and completed the required MAPP training process in 2012. However, their social worker left her position before they had a finished homestudy. For months, they lingered in a sort of limbo – ready to move forward, but not yet licensed to accept children. They were eventually transferred to another office, but never connected well with their new worker. A homestudy was finished, but wasn’t ideal for adoption placement. In the interim, Felix and Israel agreed to become a hotline home, taking emergency placements of older children who would stay for short periods of time. They were a very successful placement resource and provided a temporary home for dozens of teens over 2 years. However, something was missing. They shared with Ricardo that repeatedly getting attached to young people who then moved on was emotionally draining. Eventually, Felix and Israel decided to close their home to any further placements to give their hearts time to heal.

Enter David. David was registered with MARE as a 15 year-old in 2015. Since entering care, David had been in 9 different placements. This special young man survived Leukemia and needed a family that could provide for his medical needs, advocate for him in an educational setting, and shower him with unconditional love and stability. Child Services Coordinator Victoria Tucker was intensively recruiting for a specialized home for David, but was having frustratingly little success.

MARE gave me my heart.

But then – inspiration struck. What about Felix and Israel? Although their home had been closed, Victoria believed they would be a good match for David – so she asked Ricardo what he thought. He wholeheartedly agreed. Ricardo excitedly made a phone call and left a message on Felix’s cell phone. And, he waited. And waited. Ricardo was surprised; he thought Felix and Israel would jump at this opportunity. Finally, a week later, Ricardo received a call from Felix. The connection wasn’t great because Felix was in Puerto Rico. His mother had passed away and grief had kept him from his phone temporarily. However, he said Ricardo's message healed his heart– this was meant to be. He and Israel were absolutely interested in becoming David’s family. It didn’t happen in a day. It was a long transition, but Ricardo, Victoria, and other MARE staff were there every step of the way to offer encouragement, liaise with DCF, and provide support and resources. MARE invested in Felix and Israel. Felix and Israel were first evaluated as a visiting resource for David. They met with David’s adoption worker in June of 2016 and met David in person at an adoption party in July. In September, David asked them to come to an event at his residential program. By October, David was asking his adoption worker if he could live with Felix and Israel when it was time to leave his program.

As winter rolled to a close, David was sleeping over on weekends and, one week before David’s birthday in January, plans were made for Felix and Israel to accompany him on a trip to Disney World through the Make a Wish Foundation. On August 9, 2017 David moved in.

Mis papis. Mi corazón. My old men. My heart. When David finally took his place in his new family, Israel welcomed him with a handmade quilt and “about 20 hats.” David and his old men, as he refers to his new parents, are continuing to build the bonds that will last for the rest of their lives. They are also helping others manage the adoption process by mentoring in-process families through MARE. Asked what MARE means to him, Felix replies, “MARE gave me my heart.”


MARE & Volunteers MARE uses volunteers in a variety of roles – staffing registration at adoption parties, engaging children during family support events, fundraising for the Jordan’s Furniture Walk/Run for Adoption, and more. If you have the time and the inclination, we can put you to work. The area in which we most rely on volunteer support, however, is in the creation of profiles for our waiting children. The professional and amateur photographers who shoot portraits of waiting children for the Heart Gallery, document our adoption parties and events, and capture newly formed forever families are an integral part of MARE’s work. The promotion of individual waiting children and sibling groups is the backbone of child-specific recruitment and, as they say, a picture is worth a thousand words. Additionally, as we increase our technological capacity, videos are becoming an increasingly valued commodity as a way to showcase a child’s personality. To every photographer and videographer who worked with MARE during the past fiscal year – THANK YOU. You helped find homes for 260 kids.

David, 15; Registration # 4225 Markel, 13; Registration # 5252

Highlight - Ashia Ray Photographer and all-around very cool person Ashia Ray reached out to MARE about participating in the Heart Gallery project in December of 2015. She is the owner of Ashia Ray Family Storytelling Photography and has made a career of documenting families – not through the posed, awkward photos we all remember from our childhoods, but the real and sometimes messy interactions at home and at play. Ashia has a unique ability to capture the story and personality of people through her work, creating images that offer a window into another person’s experience. It is that ability to evoke a sense of connection that has made Ashia’s partnership with MARE so impactful. She brings more than just her incredible technical skills to the table; Ashia takes time to connect to each child, to really listen, and forges a trust that allows a child's true self to shine through. Ashia also produced 2 highly impactful blog posts about photo shoots with waiting children. Her personal touch and eye for the human element resulted in these posts generating dozens of inquiries for the children profiled. The post featuring Veronica led to an outpouring of support. The combination of great technical skill, a keen eye for story, and the willingness to go above and beyond to connect waiting children with prospective families make Ashia a powerful resource for MARE.


MARE & Social Workers Children in the custody of the Department of Children & Families are assigned social workers to oversee their care and protection. Those who have a goal of adoption, and thus can be registered with MARE, have an adoption worker from a DCF Area Office or one of the 10 nonprofit adoption agencies contracted with DCF. These social workers are essential to MARE’s work. MARE relies on social workers to register waiting children, keep information updated, bring children to adoption parties and events, stay in frequent communication regarding status, review homestudies submitted by CSCs, and be open and receptive to MARE’s creative recruitment methods. MARE also relies on social workers to screen, train, and license prospective families, many of which were referred by MARE.

Highlight - Elise Levine Elise Levine, an adoption worker with the DCF Area Office in Lowell, is a passionate advocate with a willingness to collaborate and be innovative in recruitment. This attitude was exemplified through her work with Northern Region CSC Victoria Tucker as they worked to find a forever family for Kristopher. First registered with MARE in 2014 when he was 12, Kristopher’s high level of medical needs presented a unique challenge. Because Kristopher is non-verbal, utilizes a wheelchair, and requires 24/7 care, he needs a very special family. Victoria developed a recruitment strategy targeting medical and needs-related groups locally and nationally, and also reviewed homestudies of families registered on adoption networks interested in parenting a child with medical needs. For her part, Elise followed up with every family who inquired about Kristopher, often multiple times. She also presented him at every Matching Event she attended, always updating the profile she shared and focusing on Kristopher’s strengths. In fact, Elise reached out to Victoria regularly with interesting tidbits for Victoria to add to his Photolisting and share with interested families, such as when he learned to brush his teeth. Elise remained adaptable and her trust in Victoria allowed for Kristopher’s profile to be widely shared. Although finding a family in Massachusetts would have been far easier in terms of his medical services, Elise was open to finding the right family no matter where they may reside and did not balk at the possibility of moving a medically needy child across the country. In May, Kristopher was matched with a Colorado family, located through the Adopt America Network.

These close working relationships between social workers and MARE staff create the environment for success in matching children and families. To celebrate these connections, the MARE Awards have been held annually since 1997 to honor individual workers and adoption units. The more we work together, the more children we can move out of foster care into adoptive homes.

Photographer: Alison Heckard

MAJOR DONORS Thank you to the Major Donors that invested in MARE during FY17. $100,000 and above Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption Jordan’s Furniture (in-kind) $50,000 - $99,999 Jack Williams Endowment For Wednesday's Child $20,000 - $49,999 Beveridge Family Foundation, Inc. Ludcke Foundation $10,000 - $19,999 Adoption Exchange Association DCU for Kids Frank W. & Carl S. Adams Memorial Fund, Bank of America, N.A., Trustee Yardi Systems, Inc. $5,000 - $9,999 Adelaide Breed Bayrd Foundation Charles H. Hall Foundation, Bank of America, N.A., Trustee EY Fred Harris Daniels Foundaton Jameson and Margaret Grant Irene E. & George A. Davis Foundation Knights of Pythias Welcome Lodge #158 Susan A. & Donald P. Babson Charitable Foundation Tony and Kristine Jordan Wellesley Bank Charitable Foundation Wells Fargo Foundation $2,500 - $4,999 Adelard A. Roy and Valeda Lea Roy Foundation Agnes M. Lindsay Trust

Photographer: Greg West

Dana Lehman and Amanda Schreckengaust Blue State Coffee LLC Brookline Bank Holli Adams and Joseph Samet Insource Services, Inc. KPMG, LLP Maximus Foundation Route 128 Used Auto Parts & Sales Shurtleff Children’s Services Stephen and Wendy Briggs Tony LaCasse $1,000 - $2,499 Anonymous Beth and Jonathan Nicholson Bethesda Lodge #30 Independent Order Of Odd Fellows Catherine and Marc Langer Elizabeth and Joshua Archambault Florence Electric, LLC Grand Lodge Knights of Pythias HUB Parkour Training Center James and Michelle Cuff Jane and PT Hart Jean and Robert Ricci Jeffrey Kruck Katherine Funaro

Keith and Marie Ventimiglia Kevin and Melissa Martin Kristin and Mark Palkoner Lisa Souliere-Geran Lorrie and Paul Deletetsky Mary Jo and Stephen Johnson Melissa Holmes Michael Delalla and Lisa Funaro Michael Middleton Rhys Gardiner Samuel Engel and Anne Freeh Tracey Aronson Zemcar For a full list of donors to MARE in FY17 visit:

Special thanks to the partners MARE works with every day. Massachusetts Department of Children & Families Ascentria Care Alliance Berkshire Children & Families Bright Futures Adoption Center Cambridge Family & Children’s Service Child and Family Services Children’s Friend Home for Little Wanderers Justice Resource Institute Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children



July 1, 2016 – June 30, 2017


Revenue Department of Children & Families (DCF) Individual Donations Foundation Grants & Corporate Support Events In-Kind, Other Total Revenue

$750,057 $66,290 $348,500 $88,379 $313,783 $1,567,009

Expenses Program Services General & Administrative Fundraising Total Expenses

$1,308,239 $158,710 $86,716 $1,553,665

Assets Net Assets Beginning of Year Net Assets End of Year Change in Net Assets

$382,909 $396,253 $13,344

Spread the word! Tell your friends, family, colleagues, and community about adoption from foster care and MARE. To find the right family for each and every waiting child, we need to cast as wide a net as possible for adoptive families. Awareness will inspire action.

Volunteer We are always in need of professional photographers and videographers to share their services with MARE. You can also be a part of the team by assisting at adoption parties, family support events, and fundraisers.

Give Make an individual donation. Enlist your company to match your gift, sponsor an event, or award a grant. Participate in peer-to-peer fundraising through the Jordan’s Furniture Walk/Run for Adoption or design your own event to benefit MARE. Become a legacy donor by adding MARE as a beneficiary in your estate plan.

Step Up Become a Major Donor by making or pledging a gift of $1,000 or more for FY18. Major Donors provide the opportunity for MARE to innovate with new recruitment tools and pilot programs for specific populations of waiting children.

Photographer Credits: Greg West (left) Lisa Anderson (mid) Jill Smith (right)

MARE INVESTS IN THE FUTURE New Digs 19 Needham Street, Suite 206, Newton, Massachusetts After more than 20 years at our location in Downtown Crossing, MARE has moved! Our new office comes with lots of perks (free parking!) and allows us to be a bit more accessible for folks traveling from outside Greater Boston. Another huge bonus is that we finally have space that allows us to host meetings, events, and workshops on site.

New Goals As with last year, MARE seeks to expand recruitment, retention, and matching of prospective adoptive parents with children awaiting adoption during FY18. Some specific goals for the next 12 months include: Solidify and evaluate the success of MARE’s new internal structure and continue refining the organization for maximum impact. Launch the Weekend Family Connections pilot, a collaboration with Cambridge Family & Children’s Service that will focus on increasing permanency outcomes for older children in residential care. Complete the overhaul and enhancement of the MARE website and internal database to provide a faster, more sophisticated, and increasingly comprehensive experience for social workers and prospective families. Increase opportunities for Child Services Coordinators to engage in intensive recruitment services for waiting children through greater utilization of off-site work and moving non-recruitment tasks to administrative staff. Expand the number and type of support events offered to in-process and matched families.

Photographer: Lisa Anderson

Dayvien, 9; Registration # 5832 Photographer: Mike Ritter

Compassion + Innovation + Collaboration

= Adoption Results Seth, 13; Registration # 5885 Photographer: Ashia Ray


Family Support Services

Board of Directors

Lisa Funaro Executive Director

Diane Tomaz* Director of Family Support Services

Bridget Chiaruttini Associate Director

Ricardo Franco Family Support Services Coordinator



Child Services

Anna Collins Administrative Assistant

FY17 Board Members Dana Lehman, Consultant/Executive Coach* Jamie Grant, Year Up Jane Hart, retired* Jeff Kruck, retired Lisa Funaro, MARE Paul Deletetsky, WB Mason* Stephen Briggs, KPMG Tony Jordan, EY Tony LaCasse, New England Aquarium* Tracey Aronson, WilmerHale*

Danielle Ferriola Wendy’s Wonderful Kids Recruiter, Eastern Massachusetts Emily Goldberger Child Services Coordinator, Central & Boston Regions Lauren Walcott Wendy’s Wonderful Kids Recruiter, Western Massachusetts Maurine Albano* Child Services Coordinator, Western Region

Greg Cameron Communications and PR Specialist

Members retiring from the Board in FY17 Mary Elizabeth Carmody, retired* Mary Jo Johnson, retired Michele Benkis, MSPCC Nancy Woodfork, retired

Jeremy Smith Digital Communications Specialist Joseph Sandagato* Director of PR and Communications

*Adoptive Parent

Megan Dolan Director of Development Yutian Zhang Accounting Manager

Rebecca Raposa Child Services Coordinator, Southern Region Victoria Tucker Child Services Coordinator Supervisor & Coordinator, Northern Region

617-964-6273 MARE


Massachusetts Adoption Resource Exchange 19 Needham Street, Suite 206, Newton, MA 02461

Cover Photo: Ezra, 12; Registration # 5683 Photographer: Anne Hurlbut

FY17 Annual Report