Supportive Group or C.A.R.E.S. Meetings

Adoptive and Foster Families of Maine Inc. & The Kinship Program (AFFM) greatly values the safety and wellbeing of families, staff, and communities. With the most recent announcement made by Governor Janet Mills and recommendations from the CDC on ways to reduce the spread of COVID-19, AFFM will provide supportive group or C.A.R.E.S. meetings, training and support via phone and online. AFFM is appreciative of the resource’s families have provided to our offices and look forward to continuing this support in the future. Thank you for your patience, understanding, and support during this time.

Supportive group or C.A.R.E.S. meetings allow for families to make connections and form relationships with other families and support that can last a lifetime. People who attend often find others that are in a similar situation as their own. Members of a meeting may share their personal experiences and offer one another emotional comfort and moral support. C.A.R.E.S. provides practical advice and tips to help families cope with the challenges and joys of being a resource family. In-person meetings typically have onsite child care which allows kids to interact with other kids who are experiencing similar life events. Youth benefit from knowing that they are not alone, and others are experiencing similar situations. This opportunity is a great resource for the whole family and provides many other benefits including but not limited to:

  • Opportunities to receive training and re-licensing hours.
  • Gaining a sense of empowerment and control.
  • Improving your coping skills and sense of adjustment.
  • Talking openly and honestly about your feelings.
  • Reducing distress, fatigue, or a sense of isolation.
  • Developing a clearer understanding of what to expect with your situation.
  • Getting practical advice or information about additional support options.

*If you are interested in learning more about the benefits of a C.A.R.E.S. meeting, how to become involved or would like more information on starting a support group in your area, please call AFFM at 1-800-833-9786 or email info@affm.net. Below you will find a state-wide listing of meetings.*

At times meetings are canceled due to weather and other unforeseen circumstances. Cancelation notices are sent out via the AFFM email listserve. Families are urged to call or email info@affm.net to be added to this service.

Statewide Listing of C.A.R.E.S. Meetings

For a printable version click the link below:

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1X9IZRS-IBYNIsAA3XtJM3DOr6TwLy54T463naqogIKc/edit?usp=sharing