Prior to her arrival at the Massachusetts Adoption Resource Exchange (MARE) in 2010, Diane Tomaz taught kindergarten, ESL to adult learners, and Spanish and English literature to high school students. Today she works to raise the general public’s awareness of the need for safe, loving adoptive families for children in foster care. Additionally, she co-teaches weekly classes to educate parents in understanding and caring for children who have experienced hardships.
In her current role as Director of Family Support Services at MARE, she is responsible for recruiting, retaining and supporting prospective parents throughout the adoption process. She enjoys working with same sex singles and couples to begin or expand their family by welcoming children into their home from foster care. On average, 20% of the families she assists in placing with children are LGBTQ. She hosts an annual event to recruit more LGBTQ families, has served on multiple family building panels, and has been a volunteer and speaker at various Family Equality Council events.
Diane and her partner, Shelley, reside in Roslindale with their two boys.