Adoptive and Foster Families of Maine, Inc. & The Kinship Program has full-time staff members that have both personal and professional experience with the adoption process. AFFM staff is also available to help families with their post-adoption needs, systems navigation, referrals, and to help families navigate the intricacies that arise through normative crises.
Maine Department of Health and Human Services
Office of Child and Family Services
Adoption and Permanency Guardianship Assistance Programs
2 Anthony Avenue, ’11 State House Station, Augusta, ME 04333-0011
Tel.: (207) 624-7900; Fax: (207) 287—5282
TTY Users: Dial 711 (“Maine Relay)
Adoption Program Manager: Karen Benson
Phone: (207) 561-4208 E-mail: Karen.L.Benson@maine.gov
Contact Karen if you have questions about mental health services available to children receiving Adoption or Permanency Guardianship subsidies through the Maine DHHS.
Financial Resource Specialists: Irene Cardali (A-K, child’s adoptive last name)
Phone: (207) 624-7952 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Chrissanda “Chris” Welch (L-Z, child’s adoptive last name)
Phone: (207) 624-7947 E-mail: chrissanda.welch@maine. gov
Contact Irene or Chriss for routine questions about Adoption and Permanency
Guardianship Assistance, renewals, billing, daycare, MaineCare, birth certificates, and Social Security cards.
North American Council on Adoptable Children
970 Raymond Ave # 106, St Paul, MN 55114
Consider NACAC your go-to source for advice on parenting children in adoption, information on adoption assistance and the US adoption tax credit, enhancing adoption practice, training for parents and professionals, and more.
Center for Adoption Support and Education
4000 Blackburn Lane, Suite 260, Burtonsville, MD 2086
We are a mental health organization that specializes in serving the foster care and adoption community. As the nation’s foremost experts in adoption-competent support services, we are committed to ensuring adoption permanency and the well-being of foster and adopted children, adults and their families through direct clinical services and education for both parents and professionals.