Helpful Links

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Helpful Links

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*Adoptive and Foster Families of Maine Inc, “AFFM” assumes no responsibility for contents provided by “linked sites” or any damage caused by your use of “linked sites.”
  • 211 Maine – Have you ever wondered how to find a community service when you or someone you know needs help? Do you know where to turn when you want to reach out and help by volunteering or donating? In times of disaster or emergency, do you know where to go to receive updates and emergency bulletins
  • Adoptive Families The award-winning national adoption magazine, is the leading adoption information source for families before, during, and after adoption.
  • Advocates for Families First The mission of Advocates for Families First is to build a unified national movement in support of kinship, foster, and adoptive families who care for children and youth, promote their healing, and help them thrive. We envision a world where children and youth who need out of home care have a family – kinship, foster, or adoptive – who can most effectively help them thrive, meet their needs and assist them in becoming successful adults.
  • Anhi & Zoe Ahni & Zoe is the only social selling company that lets you easily celebrate your beautiful life through pictures. 
  • Autism Society of Maine The Autism Society of Maine is a non-profit organization that serves individuals with autism and their families, professionals, and communities by providing education, advocacy, referrals, and resource development. The Society provides current information in support of informed choice of treatments and services.
  • CAMP TO BELONG Camp to Belong Maine is a summer camp program that reunites brothers and sisters who have been separated by foster care for events of fun, sibling connection and creating life-long memories together.
  • Casa of Maine  Our mission is to train and supervise community volunteers to serve as officers of the court to advise the judge on what is in the best interest of an abused and neglected child who is in Maine’s child welfare system. Our vision is that every child has a safe, permanent, loving home and is given the opportunity to thrive.
  • Colorado Coalition of Adoptive Families– The Colorado Coalition of Adoptive Families, COCAF, a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, was formed in 1999 by a group of families who desired to increase the amount of information and resources available to Colorado’s pre- and post-adoptive and kinship families. Our primary goals are to provide information to and advocate for families at all phases of the foster-adopt/adoption/kinship process.
  • CoolRunning.com– Sign up for your next run or race event, find training tips, race results, and connect with other runners of all levels. Find training plans for 5K, 10K, half marathon, and marathon races. Check here to see this years winners of the New Balance Race in Skowhegan!
  • The Child Welfare League of America (CWLA) – The oldest and largest national nonprofit organization developing and promoting policies and programs to protect America’ children and strengthen America’s families.
  • FAME The Finance Authority of Maine (FAME) provides access to innovative financial solutions to help Maine citizens pursue business and higher education opportunities.
  • Foster Care Month – Every day, there are 518,000 children and youth living in foster care because their own parents can’t take care of them. We must address the needs of these children, who need a stable and secure home until they can either return to their parents or establish a lifelong connection to a nurturing adult.
  • www.fosterparentcollege.com We provide innovative, research-based, interactive online courses for foster, adoptive, and kinship parents. We strive to give foster, adoptive and kinship parents the knowledge they need to raise children who will thrive in today’s world. G.E.A.R. G.E.A.R. Parent Network empowers parents of children with emotional and behavioral health needs to effect life decisions based on their family’s individual strengths and needs by providing safe and supportive avenues for: emotional support, problem solving, sharing common experiences, seeking knowledge about community resources and advocacy, identifying the strengths and needs of their child/children and families and accessing information/education related to children’s issues.
  • G.E.A.R. believes in a system of care that helps children, youth and families function better at home, in school, in the community and throughout life.
  • Generations United Improving the lives of children, youth and older adults through intergenerational collaboration, public policies, and programs. Great resource for kinship families.
  • The Hallowell Centers The Hallowell Centers integrate the latest research on brain, body and heart. We help people with emotional issues and learning disabilities lead happier, more productive lives through a positive, balanced treatment approach.
  • Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative The mission of the Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative is to ensure that young people—primarily those between ages 14 and 25—make successful transitions from foster care to adulthood. We do this by working nationally, in states, and locally to improve policies and practices, promote youth engagement, apply evaluation and research, and create community partnerships. Our work creates opportunities for young people to achieve positive outcomes in permanence, education, employment, housing, health, financial capability, and social capital.
  • Learning Disabilities Association of Maine  The Learning Disabilities Association of Maine is dedicated to assisting individuals with specific learning disabilities through support, education, and advocac
  • Lynn Plourde- Children’s Book Author Featuring: Video Read Alouds (for families to enjoy together or for teachers to project onto a screen to share with their classrooms) Make Writing Visible-a blog for teachers with advice on teaching writing learning activities for the 27 kids’ books and much more.

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  • Maine Autism Alliance The Maine Autism Alliance was founded on the premise that people with autism should have a quality of life worth celebrating. There is no typical person with autism; their strengths and weaknesses, skills and struggles vary greatly, just as in the “neurotypical” community. The Alliance was created to help people on the autism spectrum and their families. The Alliance will offer social/activity groups for youth, teens and adults.
  • Maine Children’s Alliance – The mission of the Maine Children’s Alliance is to be a strong and powerful voice to improve the lives of all Maine’s children, youth and families.
  • Maine Department of Health and Human Services –  Maine Department of Health and Human Services.
    • OCFS Newsletter– Resource families will receive a copy of the OCFS newsletter.
  • Maine.Families.Created.By.Adoption  MeFCA, is a statewide organization of families who have adopted or who are waiting to adopt. Our children come from Maine and around the world. Our children come into our families every way possible, including private adoption, adoption through the foster care program, kinship, and international adoptions. Together we have created a wonderful network of beautiful families who help each other navigate the exciting, complex process of adoption.
  • Maine Parent Federation – The Maine Parent Federation, Inc. is a statewide private non-profit organization that provides information, advocacy, education, and training to parents and professionals to benefit all children. We promote individual aspirations and community inclusion for people with disabilities. In existence since 1984, MPF is physically located in Augusta Maine, but assistance is available on a statewide basis.
  • Maine Wildlife Park – The Maine Wildlife Park is located on Route 26 in Gray, Maine. The park is open 7 days a week from April through November 11, 2006.  The gates open 9:30 AM and close 4:30 PM.  All visitors are asked to leave the park by 6:00 PM. The park offers special events throughout the season.
  • Maine Youth Transition Collaborative The Maine Youth Transition Collaborative (MYTC), made up of public and private partners from across Maine, works with young people, the child welfare system, and community members to ensure that youth transitioning from the foster care system to adulthood have the resources and personal connections they need to be successful. MYTC works with communities around Maine on the issues vital to a young person’s economic self-sufficiency, such as post-secondary education and employment.
  • Nancy Thomas Parenting – A not-for-profit service organization offering information and resources on attachment disorder.
  • The National Foster Parent Association (NFPA) – The National Foster Parent Association is the only national organization which strives to support foster parents, and remains a consistently strong voice on behalf of all children.
  • North American Council on Adoptable Children (NACAC) – Every child has the right to a permanent family. The Council advocates the right of every child to a permanent, continuous, nurturing and culturally sensitive family.
  • National Kinship Alliance for Children– The National Committee of Grandparents for Children’s Rights is a nationwide network of grandparents, community members, and professionals working together to provide education and support, advocacy, and thought leadership for children, grandparents, and kinship families.
  • National Alliance for Drug Endangered Children– The mission of the National Alliance for Drug Endangered Children (National DEC) is to break the cycle of abuse and neglect by empowering practitioners who work to transform the lives of children and families living in drug environments. They provide training and technical assistance to state DEC alliances and all those in the community who assist and care for drug endangered children.
  • National Alliance on Mental Illness of Maine (NAMI) NAMI Maine has been providing support, education, and advocacy on behalf of people with mental illness and their families since 1984. For more information on NAMI Maine’s support groups and about NAMI Please click on the Support drop down box. Support groups are available across the state, our help line responds to thousands of calls each year, and we provide education about mental illness and co-occurring substance abuse issues to all who need it. We work locally and state-wide to make sure that people with mental illness and their families can find the help when and where they need it.
  • Southern Maine Parent Awareness   SMPA is dedicated to providing information, referral support and education to families who have children and youth with special needs throughout Maine.
  • Ticket to Dream  Established as a 501(c)(3) in 2008, Ticket to Dream is dedicated to provide hope and opportunity for foster children across the nation, so they can just be kids. We believe it starts with joining forces with local communities to ensure they have school supplies, holiday gifts, properly fitting clothing and shoes.
  • Voice for Adoption– VFA develops and advocates for improved adoption policies. Recognized as a national leader in special needs adoption, VFA works closely with federal and state legislators, as well as other child welfare organizations, to make a difference in the lives of the 107,000 children in foster care who are waiting to be adopted and the families who adopt children from foster care.
  • Volunteer Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) – Volunteer Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) are everyday people who are appointed by judges to advocate for the best interests of abused and neglected children. A CASA volunteer stays with each child until he or she is placed into a safe, permanent and nurturing home
  •  Youth Leadership Advisory Team (YLAT) Maine’s YLAT is a dynamic group of young people and adult partners from across the state working together to make sure that youth in care have the best possible experience. We believe that this partnership has a powerful role in improving foster care experiences for all youth in care in Maine. YLAT members passionately seek to improve outcomes for youth in foster care with a sense of duty, on behalf of all future youth who will come in contact with the system
  • youthmovemaine.org/  Youth M.O.V.E. Maine offers comprehensive training and technical assistance,outreach, advocacy and skills building grounded in the knowledge and experience gained over three years developing and implementing Thrive’s youth program in the Tri- County region. Youth M.O.V.E Maine supports the development and transition of youth ages 14-25, as well as provides trauma-informed, youth-guided and culturally and linguistically competent training and technical assistance to agencies seeking to engage youth in all aspects of organizational development and service delivery. Youth M.O.V.E. Maine receives support from the national System of Care, Maine Children’s Behavioral Health and the Thrive Initiative’s committed youth team

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