Training Opportunities

Period of Purple Cry training please click Here! Resource Families who need to complete this training please click or copy and paste this link to your web browser or search bar.

For more information about a safe sleep environment please click here

Click here to take the mandated reporter training. 

Click here to check out the calendar for upcoming training around the state

 Training Opportunities

Children who enter the State’s custody bring with them a wide range of social, emotional, and developmental issues. To help these children, parents must develop new skills and have at their disposal many resources and support services. Key to building necessary skills is on-going, flexible training in a wide variety of topics. Training programs at Adoptive and Foster Families of Maine evolve from month to month in accordance with the needs for the families we serve.

Below are some of the many triaining programs offered by  AFFM. If you are interested in any of  these programs provided by AFFM or have questions or suggestions about other types of trainings then please contact us.

  • AFFM holds an annual spring training conference in April. The conference provides training designed specifically for families looking for unique and advanced learning opportunities.  It is also an opportunity to network with families and other providers from across the state.  In addition to the conference, AFFM offers numerous training programs.
  • Day-to-Day Living with Children with Pre-Natal Substance Exposure
  • Transition Issues for Foster and Adopted Children
  • Your Special Needs Child in the Community
  • Changes in the Child Welfare Implemented by the Adoption and Safe Families Act
  • Life Books: The Journey Continues
  • Allegation Prevention
  • Starting and maintaining Support Groups
  • Access to Continuing Education Units
  • Family Systems Support
  • Leadership Training
  • Kinship Care
  • Mentoring
  • Working with Birth Families
  • Developing Empathy with Grammy – This workshop is designed to help participants get in touch with their feelings regarding relative placements. The hope is to dispel the myth that “the apple does not fall far from the tree.” The workshop will assist participants in an understanding of the important role relatives can play in the lives of children who cannot live with their biological parents. The presenter will also share ways foster and adoptive parents can help to involve biological family members in the children’s lives.