Matching parents and adoptive children

HOLYOKE, Mass. (WWLP) – An opportunity Wednesday night to match available children with hopeful adoptive parents in Holyoke.

The Massachusetts Adoption Resource Exchange, “MARE,” hosted a “meet and greet” at Providence Behavioral Health Hospital. Prospective adoptive parents looked at photo-boards of available children, and learned about the process of adoption.

Tracy Gillespie has an adult child, and now she and her fiance are looking for a sibling group to adopt.

“We’re at a point now in our lives where our careers are secure.  our home is secure, and we want to be able to share that with some children that don’t  have that opportunity,” Gillespie told 22News.

MARE has opportunities for foster parenting as well as adoption. The process takes 6-8 months including 10 weeks of training as well as a home suitability assessment. It’s open to everyone who wants to love a child.

MARE Child Service Coordinator Maurine Albano told 22News  they welcome couples, single people, gay and straight to become adoptive parents.  She said people of limited means are welcome as well, meaning one has to have an income that could support a child and yourself.

Albano said, “These kids teach all of us how resilient they are, and how easily they can adapt to a new family.  One other kid in the family to love.  Who couldn’t beat that?”

For more information on MARE, Click Here, or call 617-54-ADOPT (542-3678)

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