Updated as of 2/26/20

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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.  

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Androscoggin County

Auburn Foster/Adoptive/Kinship: Every 4th  Tuesday of the month from 6:00-7:30 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 207-827-2331 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 Monday 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

Windham -- Adoptive/Permanency Guardianship: Every 4th Thursday of the month from 6:00-7:30PM at Windham’s Assembly of God (1050 Roosevelt Trail). 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 Hether Anderson AFFM support Coordinator and AFFM Resource Trainer

Scarborough-- Kinship Only: Every 4th Wednesday of the month from 1:00PM-2:00PM at The Southern Maine Area on Aging 136 US Rte. 1 Scarborough. RSVP is required. Please contact Hether at 207-827-2331 or email hether@affm.net to RSVP. Lead By: Carey Pierson, Saco AFFM Kinship Specialist.

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 207-827-2331 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 207-827-2331 or email sheila@affm.net.  Meeting lead by Foster/Adoptive parents Amanda Frost & Mark Pomeroy.

Augusta  Kinship Only: Every 3rd Wednesday of the month from 5:30–8:00 pm at Augusta Elks Lodge, 397 Civic Center Drive, 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.

Augusta - Adoptive/Permanency Guardianship: Every 3rd Tuesday of the month from 6:00-7:30 pm at the Buker Community Center (22 Armory Street), Rooms 21 & 22, Augusta. On-site childcare is available with advance notice.  RSVP is required.  Please contact Sheila at 207-827-2331 or email sheila@affm.net.  Meeting lead by Adoptive/Foster parents Angela & Richard Avery.

Knox County

Rockland-- Foster/Adoptive/Kinship: Every 1st Wednesday of the month from 5:00PM-6:30 PM at the Grace Bible Fellowship (30 Sherer Lane). On-site childcare is available with advance notice.  RSVP is required. Please contact Sheila at 207-827-2331 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 207-827-2331 or email sheila@affm.net.  Meeting lead by AFFM trainer, Pat Tavernakis.  

Oxford County

Rumford-- Foster/Adoptive/Kinship: Every 3rd Thursday of the month from 6:00-7:30PM at the Rumford Public Library (56 Rumford Ave.) 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 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 207-827-2331 or email sheila@affm.net. Meeting lead by AFFM Kinship Specialist,  Bette Hoxie.

Bangor- Adoptive/Permanency Guardianship: Every 2nd Tuesday of the month from 6:00-7:30 PM at the Redeemer Lutheran Church, 540 Essex St.  RSVP is required. Please contact Sheila at 207-827-2331 or email sheila@affm.net. Meeting lead by Foster/Adoptive parent Kristen Hoffmann.

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 207-827-2331 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 207-827-2331 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 6:00-7:30 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 207-827-2331 or email sheila@affm.net.  Meeting lead by foster parent Deanna Lacasse.

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 207-827-2331 or email sheila@affm.net. Meeting lead by foster parents, Eric & Danielle Fenton.  

Waldo County

Knox Foster/Adoptive/Kinship: Every 1st Tuesday of the month from 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm at the Knox Ridge Baptist Church (115 Knox Ridge Road North)) Onsite childcare is available with advanced notice.  RSVP is required. Please contact Sheila at 207-827-2331 or email sheila@affm.net. Meeting lead by foster/adoptive parents Vanessa & James McSpadden.

Washington County

Machias  Foster/Adoptive/Kinship: Every 3rd Thursday of the month from 5:30–7:00 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 207-827-2331 or email sheila@affm.net. Meeting lead by Mindy Kane, AFFM Trainer.

Princeton-Kinship: Every 4th Thursday of the month from 6:00-7:30 pm at Lots for Tots Daycare, 162 Main street. On-site childcare is available with advance notice. RSVP is required. Please contact Sheila at 207-827-2331 or email sheila@affm.net. Meeting lead by Permanency Guardianship parent Penni Theriault.

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 Brigid Whalen Torberg

Wells- Adoptive/Foster/Kinship: Every 4th 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

State Wide

Web/Phone- Adoptive/Foster/Kinship: Every 2nd Tuesday of the month from 1:00PM-2:00PM. Using Zoom Conferencing, you can dial in via computer or phone! Please contact Sheila at 207-827-2331 or sheila@affm.net to register.  Meeting lead by Hether Anderson, AFFM Resource Support Coordinator and Resource Trainer.