Weekend Family Connections is a program that bridges the gap between waiting youth and supportive, caring adults. In partnership with Cambridge Family and Children's Service and DCF, MARE pairs youth in foster care who are waiting for adoption with host families who are committed to actively incorporating the youth into their community and family life.


The host family provides the youth with opportunities to meet other adults in their lives, such as neighbors, co-workers, members of their faith communities, or sports teams. The goal of the program is to build connections that will ultimately result in the identification of an adoptive family while allowing the youth a positive experience with family life.

Additional Information

Weekend Family Connections has already helped a number of children make meaningful, lifelong connections thanks to their amazing host families. Now, we want to offer this incredible opportunity to even more of the youth in foster care who often wait the longest to find their permanent families.

We need courageous, compassionate families - like you - to host these kids.

Host families can be parents, childless families, empty-nesters, experienced adoptive families, or anyone invested in making a difference in a child's life. By hosting a youth in your home, even for just a weekend each month, you'll be changing their life forever.


A series of training is required to become a host family, and we're excited to be offering sessions in the upcoming months. Sign up to get more information and start the registration process.


**Youth participating in this program are currently located near the Methuen/Lawrence area, and families participating in the program will need to be within driving distance of this Northern area of the state. **


At this time, you must be a Massachusetts resident to participate as a host.