The Massachusetts Adoption Resource Exchange (MARE) and the Speakers Bureau recognize that the best recruitment and retention tool for new foster and adoptive parents are the stories shared by those who have previously engaged in the foster and adoptive process. Often, the media will request an interview with families or individuals who have specific adoption experiences such as: adopting from other states, adopting sibling groups, adopting pre-teens or teenagers, adopting a child/ren of a different race/ethnicity or adopting a child/ren from the MARE or AdoptUSKids website.
As a Speakers Bureau participant you may be called upon to:
To give you an example, each year the Massachusetts Adoption Resource Exchange, in partnership with the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families, coordinates media coverage at courthouses throughout the state to highlight spokes-families and the adoption process. Speakers come from a wide range of personal and professional backgrounds and familial constellations. We have opportunities for adults as well as for teens/young adults to tell their story in a meaningful way. And again, participation is always at your discretion.
- Speak to local, state, and national media representatives
- Represent MARE at foster care and adoption events
- Have your story featured on our website, social media channels, email newsletters, and other publications
- Participation is always at your discretion
If you have interest in participating in the Speakers Bureau we encourage you to fill out the release form and application as an adult, family or teen/young adult. We are equally happy to speak with you to answer any questions that you may have beforehand.
Contacts and Forms
Please right-click on a form and save it to your computer before entering any information.
Once completed and signed electronically, please email it to the representative indicated below.
If you live in Eastern Massachusetts, the Cape and the Islands, please call or email Diane Tomaz at 617.54.ADOPT x116
If you live in Worcester County or Western Mass. please call or email Joe Sandagato at 617.54.ADOPT x122
Online Forms Worcester County and Western Massachusetts
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