Updated as of 11/27/18

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Statewide C.A.R.E.S meetings for Adoptive, Foster, and Kinship Families

At times meetings are canceled due to weather and other unforeseen circumstances, cancellation notices are sent out via the AFFM email listserv and Facebook. Families are urged to call or email info@affm.net to be added to the email list serve.

**Very important** Please RSVP before every meeting.  We want to make sure we have enough childcare and that we are able to contact you directly if a meeting has to be canceled.  

$10 mileage reimbursement upon request for families traveling more than 30 miles from home

& when there is no other support group closer to you.

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Androscoggin County

Auburn Foster/Adoptive/Kinship: Every 4th  Tuesday of the month from 6:00-8:00 pm at Opportunity Enterprises (400 Center St Auburn - Backdoor)  On-site childcare is provided with advanced notice.  RSVP is required.  Please contact Hether at 207-827-2331 or email hether@affm.net. Lead by Deb Hallowell

Aroostook County

Presque Isle – Foster/Adoptive/Kinship: Every 3rd Tuesday of the month from 6:00 – 7:30 pm at the Wesleyan Church (387 Centerline Rd). On-site childcare is available with advance notice. RSVP is required. Please contact Sheila at 1-800-833-9786 or email sheila@affm.net. Meeting lead by Blake & Sarah Hatt and April Belyea.

Sherman - Foster/Adoptive/Kinship: Please contact Anita at 207-365-4513 or Gail at 207-463-2880 for location and time.

Cumberland County

Bridgton Foster/Adoptive/Kinship: Every 3rd Wednesday of the month from 6:30-8:30 pm at the Community Center (Behind Reny’s) 15 Depot St. On-site childcare is available with advance notice.  RSVP is required.  Please contact Hether at 207-827-2331 or email hether@affm.net. Lead by Vanessa Jones

South Portland – Foster/Adoptive/Kinship: Every 2nd Tuesday of the month from 6:00-7: 30 pm at Eastpoint Church (345 Clarks Pond Pkwy South Portland). On-site childcare is available with advance notice.   RSVP is required.  Please contact Hether at 207-827-2331 or email hether@affm.net. Lead by Jackie McNeil

Brunswick Foster/Adoptive/Kinship: Every 4th Tuesday of the month from 6:00–7:30pm at St Paul’s Episcopal Church, 27 Pleasant St. On-site childcare is available with advanced notice. Please contact Hether at 207-827-2331 or email hether@affm.net to RSVP. Lead by Tamara Holt

Franklin County

Farmington – Foster/Adoptive/Kinship: Every 3rd Tuesday of the month from 6:00-7:30 pm at the Gwilym R.  Roberts Learning Center (rooms 001 & 003) (By Admin office), the University of Maine at Farmington. On-site childcare is available with advance notice.  RSVP is required.  Please contact Hether at 207-827-2331 or email hether@affm.net . Meeting lead by Roxie Decker.

Hancock County

Ellsworth – Foster/Adoptive/Kinship: Every 3rd Tuesday of the month from 5:30-7:30 pm at the Moore Community Center (133 State St). On-site childcare is available with advanced notice.  RSVP is required. Please contact Sheila at 1-800-833-9786 or email sheila@affm.net. Meeting lead by Jennifer Johnson, CHCS.

Kennebec County

Augusta Foster/Adoptive/Kinship: Meets the 1st Wednesday of the month from 6:00–7:30 pm at Magic Years Center (25 Industrial Drive). On-site childcare is available with advanced notice. RSVP is required. Please contact Sheila at 1-800-833-9786 or email sheila@affm.net. Meeting lead by Amy McCollett and Nicki Story, Project Sparrow.

Augusta –For Kinship families only: Every 3rd Wednesday of the month from 5:30–8:00 pm at The Buker Community Center, 22 Armory St, Augusta.  On-site childcare available. Potluck for all from 4:30 - 5:30 pm. Call Jan Partridge at 207-495-3864 to RSVP. Meeting lead by former kinship provider’s Jan Partridge & Jan Strout.

Knox County

Rockland-- Foster/Adoptive/Kinship: Every 1st Wednesday of the month from 5:30PM-7: 00 PM at the Grace Bible Fellowship (30 Sherer Lane). On-site childcare is available with advance notice.  RSVP is required. Please contact Sheila at 1-800-833-9786 or email sheila@affm.net. Meeting lead by AFFM trainer, Pat Tavernakis

Lincoln County

Damariscotta Foster/Adoptive/Kinship: Every 1st Thursday of the month from 5:30-7:00 PM at the Lincoln County Assembly of God Church (672 Main St.) On-site childcare is available with advanced notice.  RSVP is required. Please contact Sheila at 1-800-833-9786 or email sheila@affm.net.  Meeting lead by AFFM trainer, Pat Tavernakis.  

Oxford County

South Paris--Foster/Adoptive/Kinship: Every 2nd Wednesday of the month from 6:00-7:30 PM at the University of Maine Cooperative Extension (9 Olson Road). On-site childcare is available with advance notice.  RSVP is required.  Please contact Hether at 207-827-2331 or email hether@affm.net. Lead by Deanna Lacasse

Penobscot County

Orono – Foster/Adoptive/Kinship: Every 3rd Monday of the month from 6:00-7:30 pm at the Orono United Methodist Church (36 Oak St.) On-site childcare is available with advance notice.  RSVP is required. Please contact Sheila at 1-800-833-9786 or email sheila@affm.net. Meeting lead by AFFM Kinship Specialist,  Bette Hoxie.

Bangor- Foster/Adoptive/Kinship: Every 2nd Tuesday of the month from 5:00-6:30 PM at the Redeemer Lutheran Church, 540 Essex St.  RSVP is required. Please contact Sheila at 1-800-833-9786 or email sheila@affm.net. Meeting lead by AFFM Resource Support Coordinator, Sheila Peakall.

Lincoln-Foster/Adoptive/Kinship: Every 1st Thursday of the month from 6:00–7:30 pm at Community Evangel Temple, 124 River Rd. Onsite childcare is available with advanced notice.  RSVP is required. Please contact Sheila at 1-800-833-9786 or email sheila@affm.net. Meeting lead by AFFM Kinship Specialist, Bette Hoxie.

Piscataquis County

Dover-FoxcroftFoster/Adoptive/Kinship: Every 2nd Thursday of the month from 6:00–7:30 pm at Mayo Regional Hospital, Borestone and Sebec conference room. On-site childcare is available with advance notice. RSVP is required. Please contact Sheila at 1-800-833-9786 or email sheila@affm.net. Please call before you come. Meeting lead by foster/adoptive parent Lou Harper.

Sagadahoc

Richmond - Foster, Adoptive, Kinship: Every 4th Tuesday of the month from 5:30 - 7 pm at Isaac Umberhine Public Library, 86 Main St, Richmond.  On-site childcare is available with advance notice.  RSVP is required. Please contact Sheila at 1-800-833-9786 or email sheila@affm.net.  Meeting lead by foster/adoptive parent Patty Riddle.

Somerset County

SkowheganFoster/Adoptive/Kinship: Every 2nd Thursday of the month from 6:00 -7:30 PM at The Federated Church,(13 Island Ave.)in the Sunday School & Nursery rooms (upstairs). On-site childcare is available with advanced notice. RSVP is required. Please contact Sheila at 1-800-833-9786 or email sheila@affm.net. Meeting lead by foster parents, Eric & Danielle Fenton.  

Waldo County

Belfast  Foster/Adoptive/Kinship: Every 2nd Monday of the month from 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm at Christ The King Church (9 Field St. RM# 330) Onsite childcare is available with advanced notice.  RSVP is required. Please contact Sheila at 1-800-833-9786 or email sheila@affm.net. Meeting lead by foster/adoptive parent Becky Stephens.

Washington County

Machias  Foster/Adoptive/Kinship: Every 3rd Thursday of the month from 6:00–7:30 pm at the UMaine Machias Torrey Hall Rooms 228 & 230. On-site childcare is available with advance notice.  RSVP is required. Please contact Sheila at 1-800-833-9786 or email sheila@affm.net. Meeting lead by foster/adoptive parent, Lisa Seeley.

York County

BiddefordKinship only: Every 3rd Tuesday of the month from 10:00–12:00 pm at the J Richard Martin Community Center, 189 Alfred St. Free on-site childcare is available with advanced notice.  RSVP is required.  Please contact Hether at 207-827-2331 or email hether@affm.net. Lead by Carolyn Sawyer

Sanford- Adoptive/Foster/Kinship: Every 3rd Wednesday of the month from 6:00-8PM at Curtis Lake Church (38 Westview Drive, Sanford). On-site childcare is provided with advanced notice.  RSVP is required.  Please contact Hether at 207-827-2331 or email hether@affm.net.Lead by Bridet Torberg

Wells- Adoptive/Foster/Kinship: Every 3rd Tuesday of the month from 6:00-7:30 PM at Wells Congregational Church (1695 Post Road, Wells). On-site childcare is provided with advanced notice.  RSVP is required.  Please contact Hether at 207-827-2331 or email hether@affm.net. Lead by Lisa Randall

Old Orchard Beach - Adoptive/Foster/Kinship: Every 3rd Wednesday of the month from 5:30 pm to 6:45pm Libby Library  (27 Staples Street Old Orchard Beach Me 04064) On-site childcare provided with advanced notice. RSVP is required. Please contact hether at 207-827-2331 or email hether@affm.net Lead by

State Wide

Web/Phone- Adoptive/Foster/Kinship: Every 2nd Wednesday of the month from 1:00pm-2:00pm. Using Zoom Conferencing, you can dial in via computer or phone! Please contact Monica at 1-800-833-9786 or monica@affm.net to register.  Meeting lead by AFFM Training Coordinator, Monica Bushey.