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Parent resources - Maine and Regional
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).
Association of New England -
This organization is located in Newton, MA. They offer workshops, support
groups, and lots of information.
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
Charities of Maine - This organization provides
information and services including substance abuse, mental health,
refugee placement and immigration, disability, and case management.
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
Child Care Choices in Maine - This
Maine State site explains how to choose quality child care for your
Care Connections - This organization promotes quality child
care in Cumberland County. They work with families, child care providers,
of Maine -
This organization offers mental health support for any age through case
management, outpatient treatment, and community support.
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.
- 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”.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
Adoption Placement Service -
With offices in Houlton and Portland, this organization provides information
and services to persons considering adoption.
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.
Alliance - A Maine-based
organization that supports families and provides information about services.
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)
216 Vaughan Street
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.
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
Farm - This New Gloucester,
Maine organization provides residential group-home settings to provide
safe and supportive environments for at-risk youth.
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.
the Bills Guide
This document, called "Tips for Families on Financing Health Care
for Children with Special Needs," was developed by New England Serve.
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.
Tapestry Database - Developed by the Center for Community Inclusion.
This is a searchable database of programs in Maine for youth in transition.
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
- Sweetser provides behavioral health services to children,
teens and adults.
Tri-County Mental Health Services
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
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.
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.
- 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.