Community in Action
AFFM prides themselves in the many different ways they collaborate with local communities in order meet the needs of families. AFFM participates on many various committees, advisory groups, and community partnerships to help identify and create solutions towards helping families. AFFM also works hard to make a point of giving the community plenty of opportunities to take part in the lives of others and make a difference for families. Below are just a few of the organizations and partnerships that AFFM has developed over their years of service.
AFFM has representation on the following committees
- Office of Child and Family Services Foster Parent Advisory Group.
- National Foster Parents Association (NFPA)
- North American Council on Adoptable Children (NACAC)
- Office of Child and Familie Services Training Task Force
- Community Partnership for Social Needs (CPSN)
- The Kinship Support Network
- Southern Maine Foster Family Recruitment Team
- Maine Youth Transition Collaborative Advisory Board
- Community Partnership for Protecting Children
Maine Alliance of Family Organizations (MAFO): Through support from MAFO members, families foster and nurture intergenerational resiliency–the ability to pass on the strength, knowledge and skills they gain to their children and others.
- The Maine Dental Access Group meets the second Friday of each month.
- AFFM Board of Directors meets monthly (usually) on the third Thursday of the month at the AFFM office.
Guests are welcome. Please contact us to be sure the meeting has not been postponed or changed.
- Child Abuse and Neglect
- Role of Courts in Child Protection
- Engaging Maine’s Youth (educational committee for seeking out how kids may fall through the cracks in the educational system, particularly kids who are in the child welfare system)
- PIP, Program Improvement Project committee works on areas recognized to be weaknesses in Maine’s child welfare system as noted by the federal government’s audit.
- Suspected Child Abuse and Neglect Committee(SCAN) is a committee established at EMMC to monitor child abuse issues seen in the ER and pediatrics ward etc.
- NFPA FOCUS is a committee established by the National Foster Parent Association to develop ways to build support groups in areas where none currently exist and where a need has been identified, The New England Foster Parent Association NEFCA, came together to develop training resources and to strategize how foster parents in New England could best optimize their respective and similar needs. Cheryl Tellier-Hadadd of Massachusetts is the president of NEFCA. NEFCA delivers a conference every two years rotating from one state to the next in each of the 6 states that comprise New England. The most recent conference was held in ME in Oct. 2012.
- Maine Foster Family Treatment Association (MEFFTA)is part of a National association and is comprised of leaders/representatives of the various treatment foster care placement programs throughout the state.
- Treatment Network Team (TNT ) is a collaborative group of treatment foster care providers and the DHHS.
- Recruitment and Retention Group. There are two groups one in Bangor and one in Augusta. The groups strategize ways as the name implies to recruit and retain foster, kinship and adoptive parents. These meetings are held at the DHHS Regional offices in Augusta and in Bangor.
- Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative
- Maine Justice for Children Task Force
- Recruitment and Retention Committees
Are you interested in getting your concerns shared with any of the committees? If so contact the AFFM office. These are just a few of the committees we have representation on, if you are curious about other activities or committees where AFFM represents the Resource Family community please contact us.