Foster Parent Resources

Adoptive and Foster Families of Maine, Inc. & The Kinship Program has full-time staff members that have both personal and professional experience with being a foster parent. From providing pre-service training and supporting families as they become a licensed family, too receiving their first placement, and helping families be a supportive team member of the reunification process, AFFM’s team is here to support foster families. AFFM’s Resource Family Specialist (RFS) can provide non-judgemental peer support to families who are experiencing the joys and successes of being a foster family. The RFS can help families with immediate tangible needs along with navigational supports as families try to find their way through a variety of systems. AFFM staff can also provide referrals to other community supports who can provide additional resources and services that will enhance their chances for success.

Families can contact one of AFFM’s Resource Family Specialists at 207-827-2331 or by e-mail at info@affm.net for further assistance.  Scroll below for additional foster family resources.

 

Additional State and National Supports 

 

State Supports

Maine Department of Health and Human Services
Office of Child and Family Services
2 Anthony Avenue, Augusta, ME 04333-0011
Tel.: (207) 624-7900; Fax: (207) 287—5282
TTY Users: Dial 711 (“Maine Relay)

Guide for Contacting DHHS Staff  

Office of Child and Family Services Organizational Chart

Maine.gov Foster Parenting Website  

Office of Child and Family Services Policies 

Mandated Reporting information

 

Therapeutic Treatment Foster Parenting

Treatment foster care agencies provide casework support, support workers, training, support groups, and clinical consultation. For more information please check out The Family Focused Treatment Association’s Information where you can learn more about therapeutic foster parenting.

 

Resource Parent Care Team

Provides In-home supports are available to eligible resource families determined by needs and experiences, including needs assessments, referrals, coordination of clinical and community supports, and education on trauma and parenting skills. Services are available in all 16 counties.

Districts 1 & 2 (Counties: Cumberland & York County)

Spurwink: Resource Parent Care Team

901 Washington Ave., Suite 100,
Portland, ME 04103
(207) 871-1200

Districts 3 – 8 (Counties: Aroostook, Androscoggin, Franklin, Hancock, Kennebec, Knox, Lincoln, Oxford, Penobscot, Piscataquis, Somerset, Sagadahoc, Waldo, Washington)

Community Health and Counseling Services

PO Box 425,
Bangor, Maine 04402-0425
Phone: 1-800-924-0366
Email: Contact@chcs-me.org

 

Foster Parent Training

All licensed Foster & Kinship homes need to complete 18 hours of training every two years in order to maintain their licensure. Adoptive and Foster Families of Maine, Inc. provides a variety of training in addition to collaborating with community, state, and national organizations to help educate families. Click here to learn more about training opportunities.

 

National Supports

National Foster Parent Association (NFPA)

The NFPA wants to be a respected national voice for foster, kinship, and adoptive families through networking, education, and advocacy. You can find out more by visiting their website https://nfpaonline.org.

 

 Child Welfare Information Gateway

Child Welfare Information Gateway promotes the safety, permanency, and well-being of children, youth, and families by connecting child welfare, adoption, and related professionals as well as the public to information, resources, and tools covering topics on child welfare, child abuse, and neglect, out-of-home care, adoption, and more.