Parent and Family Support System
"People don't always need advice. Sometimes all they need is a hand to hold, an ear to listen, and a heart to understand them." - unknown
Maine Alliance of Family Organizations (MAFO)
"Maine Alliance of Family Organizations (MAFO) is a statewide alliance that formed to better serve families of children with disabilities and special health care needs, and to strengthen family voice."
The organizations which make up MAFO are as listed below
"Maine Parent Federation (MPF), in existence since 1984, is a private non-profit organization. MPF provides information, referral, one on one telephone support, and training to parents of children with disabilities or special health care needs and the professionals who work with these families through numerous grant-funded projects. Our services are offered at no cost to parents and are available statewide."
"The Autism Society of Maine provides education and resources to support the valued lives of individuals on the autism spectrum and their families."
"Through parent-to-parent sharing of experiences and knowledge, G.E.A.R. Parent Network empowers parents of children with behavioral health needs to build on their family's strengths and to advocate for their family's needs."
GEAR Parent Network Website
"Adoptive and Foster Families of Maine, Inc. (AFFM) provides support services for adoptive and foster parents, and kinship providers. AFFM provides the training, guidance, knowledge, and resources needed to handle complex issues as families open their hearts and homes to children"
"Through support, education and advocacy NAMI Maine is dedicated to building better lives for the one in four Mainers who are affected by mental illness."
Community Action Program
Community Action Agencies are local private and public non-profit organizations set to carry out the Community Action Program. A Community Action Program is a plan that describes what the community wants to achieve, what activities are required during a specific time period, and what resources is needed to be successful. The plan should be a framework for implementing projects decided by the community itself.
The Community Action Agencies in Maine are:
Aroostook County Action Program
"Aroostook County Action Program, Inc. (ACAP) has provided the people of Aroostook County with services and resources that help individuals and families achieve greater economic independence."
"Since 1965, Community Concepts, Inc. has offered a variety of housing, economic development and social services for the communities of Androscoggin, Franklin and Oxford counties of Maine. These services support both the basic needs of low income families and promotes self-sufficiency. Click here for more on our History.
Mission: To strengthen individuals, families and communities in Western Maine by providing diverse programs, by engaging in strategic partnerships, and through advocacy that addresses the barriers to promote economic opportunities for all.
Vision: All residents in Western Maine have an opportunity to achieve personal and financial fulfillment."
Midcoast Maine Community Action
"The mission of Midcoast Maine Community Action (MMCA) is to empower individuals and families to gain the knowledge and skills to achieve self-sufficiency. The agency strives to connect the community with resources that promote health and quality of life, education and economic independence as a pathway to achieving full potential. MMCA supports regional activities which encourage economic sustainability and social equity."
The Opportunity Alliance
"The Opportunity Alliance is the Community Action Agency for Cumberland County. We have provided advocacy, leadership, and support to help individuals, families, and communities identify goals and address their needs."
"United Way is engaged in nearly 1,800 communities across more than 40 countries and territories worldwide. We are focused on creating community-based and community-led solutions that strengthen the cornerstones for a good quality of life: education, financial stability and health."
Center for Parent and Information Resources
"Your central "Hub" of information and products created for the network of Parent Centers serving families of children with disabilities"
National RAISE Center
"The RAISE team works with the seven Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA)-funded PTIs to develop and disseminate information and resources that increase their capacity to serve youth and young adults with disabilities and their families."