WILBRAHAM, Mass. (WWLP) – The Massachusetts Adoption Resource Exchange hosted an adoption party this evening, to bring children and prospective parents closer together.
The Massachusetts Adoption Resource Exchange, also known as MARE, linked up with the Department of Children and Families to help young children find a permanent home. The organizations did so by holding a roller staking party at Interskate 91 in Wilbraham, so kids and prospective parents could get to know each other while having fun.
Bridget Chiaruttini, Associate Director of M.A.R.E, told 22News, “We really just try to create fun, laid back environments for kids and families to get to know each other there are not decisions made on days like today, it’s just a fun day for kids in foster care to come out and do something special that they may not otherwise be able to do.”
There are more than 800 children waiting to be adopted in Massachusetts, and some of the prospective adoptive parents who came to Interskate 91 looked to help those children find a new home.
MARE specializes in helping sibling groups and children with physical and emotional disabilities, who usually wait the longest for families.
John Chase who adopted two young boys through MARE, told 22News about his experience with the program. “It’s hero’s work honestly, to go through the situations they go through the situations they go through and deal with the children they have to deal with. Massachusetts is really great at supporting adoptive and foster families in that way.”