Annual Walk/Run for Adoption Helps Local Children Find Adoptive Homes

Press Release, May 19, 2017

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Taunton, MA - Jordan’s Furniture, New England’s premiere furniture retailer, is hosting the 8 th Annual Walk/Run for Adoption on Sunday, May 21 from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm at its Taunton facility. This event will benefit the Massachusetts Adoption Resource Exchange (MARE) in its ongoing mission to find adoptive homes for children and teens waiting in foster care.

MARE focuses on children in the custody of the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families (DCF) who cannot be reunited with their birth families, including those who are considered more difficult to place – teens, sibling groups, and children with emotional, physical, and intellectual challenges. These children are in need of adoptive families and a place to call home.

Eliot Tatelman, President and CEO of Jordan’s Furniture, says,” I look forward to the Walk/Run each year, when I am able to meet so many wonderful families! Many I have already met at one of Jordan’s adoption events, before they were united as a family. I am proud that Jordan’s has been a partner with MARE for 19 years and that we have helped make permanent, loving homes a reality for so many great kids.”

The family-friendly event kicks off at 10:00 am with a 5K race followed by an after party filled with food, music, and activities including kids’ fun races, face painting, balloon artistry, arts and crafts, and a parkour challenge. Registration is $35; $15 for kids 3-12. If you register online, you can form a team and/or create your own fundraising page and help provide even more support for adoption from foster care.

By participating in the Jordan’s Furniture Walk/Run for Adoption you will help change a child’s life by supporting MARE’s work to recruit adoptive parents for children and youth in state care. Nationwide, there are over 112,000 children waiting in foster care, in need of adoption. In Massachusetts, nearly 2,800 children currently in foster care have the goal of adoption, and more than 800 of those children have no relative or other potential adopter. Older, school-aged children, sibling groups, children of color and/or children with special needs tend to wait the longest for families.

“We are so grateful for our relationship with Jordan’s Furniture, along with the support of the many other companies and individuals who support this event”, said MARE’s Executive Director Lisa Funaro. “With their generosity and assistance we are able to continue in our 60-year mission to place children and teens from foster care into loving adoptive homes.”

Organizations sponsoring the event include EY, Hub Parkour Training Center, Wellesley Bank Charitable Foundation, Insource Services, Brookline Bank, Zemcar, KPMG, Florence Electric, Webster One Source, and Redfin.

To register for the event or to make a donation, visit http://jordanswalkforadoption.org . To learn about adoption from foster care, contact MARE at 617-54-ADOPT (542-3678) or visit www.MAREinc.org

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