Harold Grotevant, Rudd Family Foundation Endowed Chair and leader of the Rudd Adoption Research Program, has been elected to the Board of Directors of the Massachusetts Adoption Resource Exchange (MARE).
MARE, a non-profit agency, helps children and teens waiting in foster care to find adoptive homes. The agency is also the central resource in Massachusetts for information on adoption from foster care. MARE collaborates with the Massachusetts Department of Children & Families (DCF) and adoption agencies to connect potential parents and youth. Additionally, public awareness and recruitment programs are organized to make adoption policies more accessible and to share stories of children who are waiting for adoptive homes.
The Board of Directors meets several times a year and is responsible for activities such as advising and evaluating the Executive Director, overseeing strategic planning and policy setting, monitoring the organization's fiscal management, serving as ambassadors for MARE, and assisting with public awareness and fundraising activities. In this new position, Grotevant will endeavor to strengthen connections with Western Massachusetts and higher education.