Massachusetts Adoption Resource Exchange partnership with Jordan's Furniture

Jordan's Adoption Initiative

Partnering with MARE and DCF to help connect families and children.

In 1988, we began partnering with the Massachusetts Adoption Resource Exchange (MARE) to help children in foster care find homes. Our work grew to include collaboration with the Department of Children and Families (DCF) and other contracted adoption agencies.

One of our first partnership acts together in 1999 was the Jordan's Initiative, the creation of the Memorandum of Commitment, which was signed by MARE, DCF, Jordan's Furniture, and other contracted adoption agencies. The memorandum outlines our mutual agreement to help accelerate the path to permanency for all children in the Massachusetts Child Welfare System waiting to be adopted by collaborating to overcome the barriers impeding the placement of children. An Advisory Board was also established with members of Jordan's Furniture, MARE, DCF, and other contracted agencies to oversee and facilitate the objectives of the Memorandum of Commitment and the activities of the Jordan's Initiative. The board meets on monthly basis. Because of the Jordan's Initiative, over 300 children have been placed in adoptive homes.

To date, there have been countless projects created; all with the goal of finding permanent homes for children in foster care. An additional goal was added to include the recruitment of foster families, when there is need.

Annual Jordan's Initiative projects include:
  • Adoption Option family recruitment event at Jordan's Furniture
  • Summer Adoption Mixer event at Assumption College
  • Jordan's Youth Achievement Celebration event at Jordan's Furniture
  • Jordan's Youth Donation Program to assist young adults "systeming out" of state care
  • Walk/Run for Adoption supporting the programs of MARE
  • Adoptive Family Morning at Enchanted Village celebrating National Adoption Day

Other ongoing projects of the Jordan's Initiative include:
  • Sponsorship of MARE Heart Gallery and display in all stores (2000-present)
  • Creation of regional coalitions (1999-present)

Past projects of the Jordan's Initiative have included:
  • Plus One Challenge project for foster family recruitment (bi-annually)
  • 2-hour TV special about special needs adoption on Channel 56 (Spring 2002)
  • Radio ad campaign regarding DCF budget cuts (Spring 2002)
  • Social Worker Appreciation Day at Jordan's Furniture (April 2001)
  • Adoption displays in lobby of Jordan's-sponsored Mamma Mia!  (Fall 2001)
  • Reception for Poster Kids Project, featuring life-sized images of waiting children (Feb. 2001)
  • Button Project (Fall/Winter 1999/2000)
  • Home Run for Kids event at Fenway Park, with accompanying radio campaign (Sept. 2000)
  • Jordan's Older Boys' Adoption event (with radio campaign) (Sept. 2000)
  • Mardi Gras Adoption Informational event at Jordan's (with radio campaign) (Feb. 1999)
  • DCF Challenge 2000 Conference and Matching Session (Fall 1999)

To date, over 285 children have been placed in adoptive homes, due to the "Jordan's Initiative."

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