Adoptive and Foster Families of Maine Inc. & The Kinship Program (AFFM) greatly values the safety and wellbeing of families, staff, and communities. With the most recent announcement made by Governor Janet Mills and recommendations from the CDC on ways to reduce the spread of COVID-19, AFFM will be canceling C.A.R.E.S. meetings and the receiving of donated tangible material goods through the month of March and April. AFFM will provide training and support via phone and online meetings and will be sending out additional information in the days to come. AFFM is appreciative of the resource’s families have provided to our offices and look forward to continuing this support in the future. Thank you for your patience, understanding, and support during this time.
Below is a list of online C.A.R.E.S. meetings for the month of April, followed by May and June.
Below is a list of online C.A.R.E.S. meetings for the month of May and June.
AFFM C.A.R.E.S. Meetings, people may find others that are in a similar situation as their own. Members of a meeting may share their personal experiences and offer one another emotional comfort and moral support. C.A.R.E.S. provides practical advice and tips to help families cope with challenges and joys of being a resource family. These meetings allow for families to make connections and form relationships with other families that can last a lifetime. The meetings also allow kids to interact with other kids as child care is provided for most meetings. Youth benefit from knowing that they are not alone, and others are experiencing similar situations. This opportunity is a great resource for the whole family and provides many other benefits including:
- Opportunities to receive training and re-licensing hours.
- Gaining a sense of empowerment and control.
- Improving your coping skills and sense of adjustment.
- Talking openly and honestly about your feelings.
- Reducing distress, fatigue, or a sense of isolation.
- Developing a clearer understanding of what to expect with your situation.
- Getting practical advice or information about additional support options.
*If you are interested in learning more about the benefits of a C.A.R.E.S. meeting, how to become involved or would like more information on starting a support group in your area, please call AFFM at 1-800-833-9786 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Below you will find a state-wide listing of meetings.*
Statewide Listing C.A.R.E.S. Meetings.
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