Helpful Links and Resources
This resource center is a place for both Grandfamilies and the professionals who serve them to find the resources necessary to best support the children and themselves.
We welcome suggestions for additional resources which should be added to this list. Please contact us with any additional resources and/or corrections. Thank you!
Adoptive and Foster Families of Maine offers a variety of support services to adoptive, foster, and kinship families. Services include monthly newsletter, a popular discount card for a variety of statewide vendors, support group meetings, summer camp scholarships, holiday parties, and much more. Visit www.affm.net or call
Maine Department of Health and Human Services has many online resources including information about their programs, and downloadable publications including information about elder services, child welfare, and Mainecare.
Maine Volunteers Lawyers Project: Low-income relative caregivers, may be eligible for information, consultations, or representation through the collaboration of Maine Kids-Kin and the Maine Volunteer Lawyers Project (VLP). Contact Maine Kids-Kin to see if you are eligible for a referral to VLP. If you are eligible, VLP will then consider whether you meet their guidelines for service.
The University of Maine Center on Aging. This site describes a Maine collaborative project to network service providers, develop a task force, and create new groups for grandparents raising grandchildren. The focus is on mental health issues.
AARP’s Grandparent Information Center has fact sheets and a newsletter and information on local support groups for grandparent caregivers.
Generations United is a national organization that provides information and resources to grandparents and service programs. They offer a newsletter, statistics, and some information specific to Maine.
Grandfamilies State Law and Policy Resource Center sponsored by Casey Family Programs, American Bar Association, and Generations United.
The National Center on Grandparents Raising Grandchildren provides resources to researchers, service providers, and policy makers to help enhance the lives of grandfamilies.
Grandfamilies of America is the only national organization whose membership and administrative staff is comprised of relative caregivers.
Children's Defense Fund provides a strong, effective voice for all the children of America who cannot vote, lobby, or speak for themselves.
General information on kinship care from the Child Welfare League of America
Grandsplace is a web site offering grandparents information on local resources and online discussion of issues relating to raising their grandchildren.
The National Foster Parent Association is the only national organization which strives to support foster parents, and remains a consistently strong voice on behalf of all children.
Kids Legal Services: This Pine Tree Legal Assistance program represents children. They can help youth with school and health care legal issues, as well as issues related to homelessness.
Maine Equal Justice Partners is a resource for legal information for low-income Mainers. It advocates for improved systems in healthcare, income supports, food assistance, employment, education and training.
Pine Tree Legal Association: Free legal services in areas of housing, family law, social services, benefits, education, healthcare, etc. It also provides access to Maine law and self-help information.
Legal Services for the Elderly provides free legal services to Maine's socially and economically needy elders age 60 and over. This site contains information about Legal Services for the Elderly, their staff and the ways they may be able to help you. It also contains client education materials, as well as links to other organizations which also may be able to help.
www.medem.com Contains many articles on medications and health issues as they related to both adults and children. Type "children" in the search box for all child related articles.
Maine Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) has many online resources including information about their programs, and downloadable publications including information about elder services, child welfare, and MaineCare.
Social Security and Supplemental Security Income benefits for adults and children: www.socialsecurity.gov
Special Education services for children: www.maine.gov/education/speced/index.htm
SPIN is a statewide project of the Maine Parent Federation, serving parents and professionals who are concerned about issues related to children and young adults with disabilities.
Alcohol and Drug Information
Penquis Regional Linking Project: If you are raising a child 5 years old or younger who has been affected by substance abuse, are pregnant, regardless of where you are in the recovery process, and live in Piscataquis or Penobscot County, contact us at 941-2347. www.familiesandchildren.org/prlp/
How to talk to kids about drugs and alcohol and information on how to cope with kids behavior problems: www.coaf.org/family/caregivers/kinmain.htm
Maine Alcohol and other Drug abuse Services: www.maine.gov/bds/osa
A family guide to keeping youth mentally healthy and drug free: www.family.samhsa.gov