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Parent resources - Maine and Regional

A Maine Family Early Intervention Program for Autism-PDD - This is a personal website of a family from Brunswick whose son has autism. It describes their experience with their son's early intervention program to inform other parents and families who have a child with autism or pervasive developmental disorder (PDD).


Asperger Association of New England - This organization is located in Newton, MA. They offer workshops, support groups, and lots of information.


Autism Society of Maine - The Autism Society of Maine provides informational and referral services, outreach programs, newsletter, lending library, free publications, trainings and workshops for parents, educators and providers.


Catholic Charities of Maine - This organization provides information and services including substance abuse, mental health, refugee placement and immigration, disability, and case management.


Center for Grieving Children - The Maine-based center's mission is to provide support to children who have lost a loved one and to the community through peer support, outreach and education.


Child Care Choices in Maine - This Maine State site explains how to choose quality child care for your child.


Child Care Connections - This organization promotes quality child care in Cumberland County. They work with families, child care providers, and employers.


Community Counseling of Maine - This organization offers mental health support for any age through case management, outpatient treatment, and community support.


Easter Seals - Maine - Easter Seals services include medical rehabilitation, adult day programs, employment training, recreational opportunities & inclusive child care. There is an Easter Seals office moving to Maine.


A Family for ME - This is Maine's site for recruiting adoptive and foster families. It explains the process and the benefits.


G.E.A.R. - This Maine State site offers information and support groups to parents who are raising chidren with special needs. They offer local workshops, conferences, and social support.


Good Will-Hinckley - This program out of Hinckley, ME is a residential setting for boys and girls who have no families or are victims of physical, sexual, emotional or drug/alcohol abuse.


Goodwill Industries of Northern New England - Goodwill Industries of Northern New England helps people with disabilities live more independently. Our mission is “through employment, residential, educational and support services, Goodwill works to enhance the social and economic independence of people with disabilities and others who experience barriers to such independence”.


A Guide to Special Education in Maine - This is a guide to special education in Maine, it can help parents understand and navigate school-based services and includes eligibility info, time lines, checklists and sample letters.


Healthy Families - Healthy Families is a free and voluntary home visiting program for all first time parents and pregnant or parenting teens living in Kennebec and Somerset Counties.
(800) 542-8227, ext. 2537


Hear ME Now! - This school teaches Maine's deaf and hard-of-hearing children to participate in auditory-oral learning to speak and listen. 1-866-688-4544


Ingraham Teen Yellow Pages - This listing of resources for Maine teens covers substance abuse, employment, eating disorders, education, suicide, depression, abuse and neglect, teen dating violence, and volunteering for teens.


Kids First Center - This is a Maine-based agency that helps families who are experiencing separation or divorce. They offer trainings and counseling for kids and for each parent.


Maine Administrators of Services for Children with Disabilities - This is a professional association for those working in special education. The group provides continued education workshops for professionals and acts as a resource for special education.


Maine Adoption Placement Service - With offices in Houlton and Portland, this organization provides information and services to persons considering adoption.


Maine Caring Families - This is a therapeutic foster care program administered by the Office of Child and Family Services in the Department of Health and Human Services and partnered with Spurwink. They offer training and support for foster children with behavioral needs.


Maine Child Care and Head Start - This is Maine's source for parents, child care providers, early childhood educators, and others interested in the health and development of young children and their families.


Maine Children's Alliance - A Maine-based organization that supports families and provides information about services.


Maine Lead Prevention Program — The Maine Lead Prevention Program provides information to families who are concerned about lead poisoning.


Maine Medical Center's Autism and Developmental Disorders Early Evaluation Clinic (aqes birth to 5)
Resources for families in Maine who have or suspect they may have a youth who requires treatment for autism-spectrum disorders

216 Vaughan Street
Portland, ME 04102


Maine Parent Federation - Maine Parent Federation is a private non-profit organization that provides free information, support and training to parents and professionals including parenting, education, services, support groups, information on specific disabilities, and other resources to assist families and professionals within the home, school and community.


Maine Post Adoption Resource Guide - This guide is found on the Child Welfare Training Institute Website.


Maine Youth Suicide Prevention Program - This resource was developed to reduce the number of complete and attempted suicides by Maine teens.


Mainely Parents - To talk to someone about anything bothering you relative to caring for your children. A trained volunteer from Day One will answer or call you back. Callers may remain anonymous. (800) 249-5506


Opportunity Farm - This New Gloucester, Maine organization provides residential group-home settings to provide safe and supportive environments for at-risk youth.


Parents as Advocates: A Guide to Special Education in Maine - A Guide to Special Education In Maine was produced by the Disability Rights Center and includes rules, regulations, and eligibility and FAQs.


Parent Resource Center — This organization provides parenting classes, information referral, and other activities that support good parenting and safe environments for children. Classes are offered through the Parent Resource Center located in Springvale.


Paying the Bills Guide - This document, called "Tips for Families on Financing Health Care for Children with Special Needs," was developed by New England Serve.


Pine Tree Society for Handicapped Children and Adults - This Maine-based organization provides community services to children and adults. They have "respite weekends" and camps for children and much more.


Service Tapestry Database - Developed by the Center for Community Inclusion. This is a searchable database of programs in Maine for youth in transition.


Southern Maine Parent Awareness - Southern Maine Parent Awareness provides information, support, and training to families who have children with special needs, it is a family-centered organization that promotes partnerships among families, schools, communities, and policy makers.


Spring Harbor Hospital's
Neurodevelopmental Disorders Unit
123 Andover Road
Westbrook, ME 04092


Sweetser - Sweetser provides behavioral health services to children, teens and adults.


Tri-County Mental Health Services
This agency has been serving Maine people for more than 55 years. Our mission is to provide the people of Maine with excellence in mental health, substance abuse, rehabilitation and life skills services, to respect consumer rights & personal dignity, and to maintain agency financial stability. The agency is one of the largest in Maine, and serves a large and varied geographic area encompassing Androscoggin, Franklin, Oxford and parts of Cumberland Counties.


UCP of Northeastern Maine - This agency provides services for people with a wide range of disabilities. Services include assistive technology, early intervention, respite care, social work, therapeutic recreation and case management. (The name of the agency was once United Cerebral Palsy of Maine, but has changed the name to UCP of Northeastern Maine to reflect the diverse populations it serves.)


Wings for Children and Families - This organization provides case management and referral services to children and families in Penobscot, Piscatiquis, Hancock, Aroostook, and Washington counties. They have a Family Center in their Bangor office that provides resources and computer access.


Women Infants Children - This Maine program provides health foods for women, children, and infants as well as nutrition education, breastfeeding support, and referrals to other community resources.


Woodfords Family Services - Woodfords offers foster care information, in-home support, respite, preschool programs, case management and a variety of other services for children with disabilities in Southern Maine.
(800) 439-0314


Youth Alternatives - This Portland based organization creates homes for children and youth in residential programs, provides community services for families in conflict and crisis and homeless youth, offers substance abuse services, family advocacy, and works to prevent child abuse and neglect.

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