About Us

Who We Are and How We Can Help…

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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. The services are for all adoptive, foster, and kinship families. Child welfare is dependent upon a myriad of state and federal laws, rules, and regulations. Decisions concerning families and innocent children are rarely easy and are usually fraught with highly emotional issues. AFFM is dedicated to assisting families to help children find the security they deserve. Every situation in fostering and adoption is unique. AFFM helps prepare families for the challenges they will face and is a resource that is easily accessible.

AFFM believes that Maine’s children have the right to be a permanent member of a stable, healthy family. For adoptive and foster parents to provide the best parenting and a quality home environment, they need to add to their strengths through training and the unconditional support of AFFM. AFFM believes that when decisions are made that affect the rest of a child’s life, there is no room for politics or personalities. AFFM believes that families who are willing to open their hearts and homes to provide for Maine’s children must have total support. We believe that access to services that enhance their abilities and help them to develop new skills is imperative.

How AFFM Does It

Adoptive and Foster Families of Maine maintains a 501 (c) (3) tax-exempt status and is supported by donations, grants, and a contract with the Maine Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). AFFM works closely with a variety of community collaboratives, resources, and agencies to help meet the needs of families and reduce barriers so they can provide a safe and supportive home for youth in their care.