Team Dolan is ready to get movin' and help the Massachusetts Adoption Resource Exchange (MARE) find permanent adoptive homes for children and teens in foster care.
Megan works for this organization and it would mean so much if you could join our team and be a part of this amazing day. If you can't come on May 21 or if you don't live in Massachusetts (excuses!), please help by donating and spreading the word.
Right this moment, there are nearly 9,000 children in the foster care system in Massachusetts.These children have been removed from their homes due to abuse or neglect and to prevent future harm. Some will be reunited with their birth parents; others will be adopted by family members or close friends.
800 of them have nowhere to go.
These children face the prospect of growing up in foster care, eventually aging out of the system with no supports. The statistics on the future well-being for youth aging out of foster care are abysmal.
The stress and instability of life in foster care takes a physical and psychological toll. Most children enter foster care with medical, mental health, and/or developmental needs, and many face disruptions in care while in placement. Some children live in as many as 12-15 homes before they turn 18. Youth who do not find permanent families and age out of the system are far more likely to experience drug and alcohol abuse, teen pregnancy, unemployment, and incarceration.
Permanency – a lifelong familial connection – is vital for this population to avoid disparities in income, education, employment, and health, as well as an emotionally damaging lack of support.MARE addresses this by providing children with opportunities to come to the attention of potential adoptive parents in positive and creative ways; and recruiting, supporting, and advocating for families to advance them toward successful adoptions.