Foster Care

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The Maine Foster Care Committee meets every other month to discuss key topics and forward potential legislation to assure Maine kids are getting the best care possible. Notes from those meetings are posted below.

Maine Foster Care Committee 2019 Summary


Meeting Notes:

Foster Care Committee - May 2020 Meeting Notes

Foster Care Committee - April 2020 Meeting Notes

Foster Care Committee October 10 2019 Meeting Notes


Resource Documents:

AAP Resources and Recommendations

Family First Advocacy Toolkit

Healthy Foster Care America - Click to download resource document: May is National Foster Care Month

Health Care Issues for Children and Adolescents in Foster Care and Kinship Care

Improving the Child Welfare System To Respond to the Needs of Substance Exposed Infants

Improving Information Sharing for Youth in Foster Care


Children and teens in foster care have a high prevalence of chronic medical, dental, mental health, developmental, and educational issues requiring that they receive more frequent and detailed health monitoring than other children and teens.

Healthy Foster Care America (HFCA) is a website created by the AAP Section on Foster Care and Adoption and its partners to improve the health and well-being outcomes of children and teens in foster care. It includes many resources for foster parents, case workers and health care providers of children in Foster Care.

Healthy Children.org is the only parenting website backed by 66,000 pediatricians committed to the attainment of optimal physical, mental, and social health and well-being for all infants, children, adolescents, and young adults.

Resource Locator

For provider and family specific resources, click on your county in the map. Local, state, and national resources will be shown.

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  • Statewide County Resources

    Fostering Health

    Developed by an AAP multidisciplinary panel of experts, Fostering Health has been designed for use by medical, mental health, and developmental health care professionals, as well as foster parents, social welfare agencies, members of the legal community, health insurance agencies, and policy makers.

    Helping Foster and Adoptive Families Cope with Trauma

    The purpose of this guide is to support adoptive and foster families by strengthening the abilities of pediatricians to: 1) identify traumatized children, 2) educate families about toxic stress and the possible biological, behavioral, and social manifestations of early childhood trauma, and 3) empower families to respond to their child's behavior in a manner that acknowledges past trauma but promotes the learning of new, more adaptive reactions to stress.

  • Androscoggin County Resources

    Fostering Health

    Developed by an AAP multidisciplinary panel of experts, Fostering Health has been designed for use by medical, mental health, and developmental health care professionals, as well as foster parents, social welfare agencies, members of the legal community, health insurance agencies, and policy makers.

    Helping Foster and Adoptive Families Cope with Trauma

    The purpose of this guide is to support adoptive and foster families by strengthening the abilities of pediatricians to: 1) identify traumatized children, 2) educate families about toxic stress and the possible biological, behavioral, and social manifestations of early childhood trauma, and 3) empower families to respond to their child's behavior in a manner that acknowledges past trauma but promotes the learning of new, more adaptive reactions to stress.

  • Aroostook County Resources

    Aroostook Mental Health Center (AMHC)

    Outpatient Locations in Aroostook County:

    • 43 Hatch Drive, 3rd Floor, Caribou • (207) 493-3361
    • 104 East Main Street, Fort Kent • (207) 834-3186
    • 11 Mill Street, Houlton • (207) 532-65-23
    • 88 Fox Street, Suite 101, Madawaska • (207) 728-6341
    • One Edgemont Drive, Presque Isle • (207) 764-3319

    Outpatient Locations in Hancock County:

    • 710 Bucksport Road, Ellsworth, (207) 667-6890

    Outpatient Locations in Washington County:

    • 127 Palmer Street, Calais, (207) 454-0232
    • 14 Steve’s Lane, Marshfield, (207) 255-0996

    County Behavioral Medicine

    Substance abuse and mental health facility

    Outpatient Location in Aroostook County:

    • 34 North Street, Suite 6, Presque Isle • (207) 554-2600, Fax: (207) 554-2872, Email: info@countybmed.org

    Fostering Health

    Developed by an AAP multidisciplinary panel of experts, Fostering Health has been designed for use by medical, mental health, and developmental health care professionals, as well as foster parents, social welfare agencies, members of the legal community, health insurance agencies, and policy makers.

    Helping Foster and Adoptive Families Cope with Trauma

    The purpose of this guide is to support adoptive and foster families by strengthening the abilities of pediatricians to: 1) identify traumatized children, 2) educate families about toxic stress and the possible biological, behavioral, and social manifestations of early childhood trauma, and 3) empower families to respond to their child's behavior in a manner that acknowledges past trauma but promotes the learning of new, more adaptive reactions to stress.

  • Cumberland County Resources

    Fostering Health

    Developed by an AAP multidisciplinary panel of experts, Fostering Health has been designed for use by medical, mental health, and developmental health care professionals, as well as foster parents, social welfare agencies, members of the legal community, health insurance agencies, and policy makers.

    Helping Foster and Adoptive Families Cope with Trauma

    The purpose of this guide is to support adoptive and foster families by strengthening the abilities of pediatricians to: 1) identify traumatized children, 2) educate families about toxic stress and the possible biological, behavioral, and social manifestations of early childhood trauma, and 3) empower families to respond to their child's behavior in a manner that acknowledges past trauma but promotes the learning of new, more adaptive reactions to stress.

    Spurwink Portland Clinic

    Provides care for children placed in care through the Biddeford and Portland DHHS offices. Serves York, Oxford, and Cumberland counties.

    Spurwink Services
    901 Washington Ave., Suite 100
    Portland, ME 04103
    207.871.1200

  • Franklin County Resources

    Fostering Health

    Developed by an AAP multidisciplinary panel of experts, Fostering Health has been designed for use by medical, mental health, and developmental health care professionals, as well as foster parents, social welfare agencies, members of the legal community, health insurance agencies, and policy makers.

    Helping Foster and Adoptive Families Cope with Trauma

    The purpose of this guide is to support adoptive and foster families by strengthening the abilities of pediatricians to: 1) identify traumatized children, 2) educate families about toxic stress and the possible biological, behavioral, and social manifestations of early childhood trauma, and 3) empower families to respond to their child's behavior in a manner that acknowledges past trauma but promotes the learning of new, more adaptive reactions to stress.

  • Hancock County Resources

    Aroostook Mental Health Center (AMHC)

    Outpatient Locations in Aroostook County:

    • 43 Hatch Drive, 3rd Floor, Caribou • (207) 493-3361
    • 104 East Main Street, Fort Kent • (207) 834-3186
    • 11 Mill Street, Houlton • (207) 532-65-23
    • 88 Fox Street, Suite 101, Madawaska • (207) 728-6341
    • One Edgemont Drive, Presque Isle • (207) 764-3319

    Outpatient Locations in Hancock County:

    • 710 Bucksport Road, Ellsworth, (207) 667-6890

    Outpatient Locations in Washington County:

    • 127 Palmer Street, Calais, (207) 454-0232
    • 14 Steve’s Lane, Marshfield, (207) 255-0996

    Fostering Health

    Developed by an AAP multidisciplinary panel of experts, Fostering Health has been designed for use by medical, mental health, and developmental health care professionals, as well as foster parents, social welfare agencies, members of the legal community, health insurance agencies, and policy makers.

    Helping Foster and Adoptive Families Cope with Trauma

    The purpose of this guide is to support adoptive and foster families by strengthening the abilities of pediatricians to: 1) identify traumatized children, 2) educate families about toxic stress and the possible biological, behavioral, and social manifestations of early childhood trauma, and 3) empower families to respond to their child's behavior in a manner that acknowledges past trauma but promotes the learning of new, more adaptive reactions to stress.

    The Key Clinic, PCHC Pediatrics

    Provides comprehensive medical evaluations for children from Penobscot, Piscataquis, Washington, and Hancock counties.

    Penobscot Pediatrics
    1068 Union Street, Bangor, ME 04401
    207-947-0147

  • Kennebec County Resources

    Fostering Health

    Developed by an AAP multidisciplinary panel of experts, Fostering Health has been designed for use by medical, mental health, and developmental health care professionals, as well as foster parents, social welfare agencies, members of the legal community, health insurance agencies, and policy makers.

    Helping Foster and Adoptive Families Cope with Trauma

    The purpose of this guide is to support adoptive and foster families by strengthening the abilities of pediatricians to: 1) identify traumatized children, 2) educate families about toxic stress and the possible biological, behavioral, and social manifestations of early childhood trauma, and 3) empower families to respond to their child's behavior in a manner that acknowledges past trauma but promotes the learning of new, more adaptive reactions to stress.

  • Knox County Resources

    Fostering Health

    Developed by an AAP multidisciplinary panel of experts, Fostering Health has been designed for use by medical, mental health, and developmental health care professionals, as well as foster parents, social welfare agencies, members of the legal community, health insurance agencies, and policy makers.

    Helping Foster and Adoptive Families Cope with Trauma

    The purpose of this guide is to support adoptive and foster families by strengthening the abilities of pediatricians to: 1) identify traumatized children, 2) educate families about toxic stress and the possible biological, behavioral, and social manifestations of early childhood trauma, and 3) empower families to respond to their child's behavior in a manner that acknowledges past trauma but promotes the learning of new, more adaptive reactions to stress.

  • Lincoln County Resources

    Fostering Health

    Developed by an AAP multidisciplinary panel of experts, Fostering Health has been designed for use by medical, mental health, and developmental health care professionals, as well as foster parents, social welfare agencies, members of the legal community, health insurance agencies, and policy makers.

    Helping Foster and Adoptive Families Cope with Trauma

    The purpose of this guide is to support adoptive and foster families by strengthening the abilities of pediatricians to: 1) identify traumatized children, 2) educate families about toxic stress and the possible biological, behavioral, and social manifestations of early childhood trauma, and 3) empower families to respond to their child's behavior in a manner that acknowledges past trauma but promotes the learning of new, more adaptive reactions to stress.

  • Oxford County Resources

    Fostering Health

    Developed by an AAP multidisciplinary panel of experts, Fostering Health has been designed for use by medical, mental health, and developmental health care professionals, as well as foster parents, social welfare agencies, members of the legal community, health insurance agencies, and policy makers.

    Helping Foster and Adoptive Families Cope with Trauma

    The purpose of this guide is to support adoptive and foster families by strengthening the abilities of pediatricians to: 1) identify traumatized children, 2) educate families about toxic stress and the possible biological, behavioral, and social manifestations of early childhood trauma, and 3) empower families to respond to their child's behavior in a manner that acknowledges past trauma but promotes the learning of new, more adaptive reactions to stress.

    Spurwink Portland Clinic

    Provides care for children placed in care through the Biddeford and Portland DHHS offices. Serves York, Oxford, and Cumberland counties.

    Spurwink Services
    901 Washington Ave., Suite 100
    Portland, ME 04103
    207.871.1200

  • Penobscot County Resources

    Fostering Health

    Developed by an AAP multidisciplinary panel of experts, Fostering Health has been designed for use by medical, mental health, and developmental health care professionals, as well as foster parents, social welfare agencies, members of the legal community, health insurance agencies, and policy makers.

    Helping Foster and Adoptive Families Cope with Trauma

    The purpose of this guide is to support adoptive and foster families by strengthening the abilities of pediatricians to: 1) identify traumatized children, 2) educate families about toxic stress and the possible biological, behavioral, and social manifestations of early childhood trauma, and 3) empower families to respond to their child's behavior in a manner that acknowledges past trauma but promotes the learning of new, more adaptive reactions to stress.

    The Key Clinic, PCHC Pediatrics

    Provides comprehensive medical evaluations for children from Penobscot, Piscataquis, Washington, and Hancock counties.

    Penobscot Pediatrics
    1068 Union Street, Bangor, ME 04401
    207-947-0147

  • Piscataquis County Resources

    Fostering Health

    Developed by an AAP multidisciplinary panel of experts, Fostering Health has been designed for use by medical, mental health, and developmental health care professionals, as well as foster parents, social welfare agencies, members of the legal community, health insurance agencies, and policy makers.

    Helping Foster and Adoptive Families Cope with Trauma

    The purpose of this guide is to support adoptive and foster families by strengthening the abilities of pediatricians to: 1) identify traumatized children, 2) educate families about toxic stress and the possible biological, behavioral, and social manifestations of early childhood trauma, and 3) empower families to respond to their child's behavior in a manner that acknowledges past trauma but promotes the learning of new, more adaptive reactions to stress.

    The Key Clinic, PCHC Pediatrics

    Provides comprehensive medical evaluations for children from Penobscot, Piscataquis, Washington, and Hancock counties.

    Penobscot Pediatrics
    1068 Union Street, Bangor, ME 04401
    207-947-0147

  • Somerset County Resources

    Fostering Health

    Developed by an AAP multidisciplinary panel of experts, Fostering Health has been designed for use by medical, mental health, and developmental health care professionals, as well as foster parents, social welfare agencies, members of the legal community, health insurance agencies, and policy makers.

    Helping Foster and Adoptive Families Cope with Trauma

    The purpose of this guide is to support adoptive and foster families by strengthening the abilities of pediatricians to: 1) identify traumatized children, 2) educate families about toxic stress and the possible biological, behavioral, and social manifestations of early childhood trauma, and 3) empower families to respond to their child's behavior in a manner that acknowledges past trauma but promotes the learning of new, more adaptive reactions to stress.

  • Waldo County Resources

    Fostering Health

    Developed by an AAP multidisciplinary panel of experts, Fostering Health has been designed for use by medical, mental health, and developmental health care professionals, as well as foster parents, social welfare agencies, members of the legal community, health insurance agencies, and policy makers.

    Helping Foster and Adoptive Families Cope with Trauma

    The purpose of this guide is to support adoptive and foster families by strengthening the abilities of pediatricians to: 1) identify traumatized children, 2) educate families about toxic stress and the possible biological, behavioral, and social manifestations of early childhood trauma, and 3) empower families to respond to their child's behavior in a manner that acknowledges past trauma but promotes the learning of new, more adaptive reactions to stress.

  • Washington County Resources

    Aroostook Mental Health Center (AMHC)

    Outpatient Locations in Aroostook County:

    • 43 Hatch Drive, 3rd Floor, Caribou • (207) 493-3361
    • 104 East Main Street, Fort Kent • (207) 834-3186
    • 11 Mill Street, Houlton • (207) 532-65-23
    • 88 Fox Street, Suite 101, Madawaska • (207) 728-6341
    • One Edgemont Drive, Presque Isle • (207) 764-3319

    Outpatient Locations in Hancock County:

    • 710 Bucksport Road, Ellsworth, (207) 667-6890

    Outpatient Locations in Washington County:

    • 127 Palmer Street, Calais, (207) 454-0232
    • 14 Steve’s Lane, Marshfield, (207) 255-0996

    Fostering Health

    Developed by an AAP multidisciplinary panel of experts, Fostering Health has been designed for use by medical, mental health, and developmental health care professionals, as well as foster parents, social welfare agencies, members of the legal community, health insurance agencies, and policy makers.

    Helping Foster and Adoptive Families Cope with Trauma

    The purpose of this guide is to support adoptive and foster families by strengthening the abilities of pediatricians to: 1) identify traumatized children, 2) educate families about toxic stress and the possible biological, behavioral, and social manifestations of early childhood trauma, and 3) empower families to respond to their child's behavior in a manner that acknowledges past trauma but promotes the learning of new, more adaptive reactions to stress.

    The Key Clinic, PCHC Pediatrics

    Provides comprehensive medical evaluations for children from Penobscot, Piscataquis, Washington, and Hancock counties.

    Penobscot Pediatrics
    1068 Union Street, Bangor, ME 04401
    207-947-0147

  • York County Resources

    Fostering Health

    Developed by an AAP multidisciplinary panel of experts, Fostering Health has been designed for use by medical, mental health, and developmental health care professionals, as well as foster parents, social welfare agencies, members of the legal community, health insurance agencies, and policy makers.

    Helping Foster and Adoptive Families Cope with Trauma

    The purpose of this guide is to support adoptive and foster families by strengthening the abilities of pediatricians to: 1) identify traumatized children, 2) educate families about toxic stress and the possible biological, behavioral, and social manifestations of early childhood trauma, and 3) empower families to respond to their child's behavior in a manner that acknowledges past trauma but promotes the learning of new, more adaptive reactions to stress.

    Spurwink Portland Clinic

    Provides care for children placed in care through the Biddeford and Portland DHHS offices. Serves York, Oxford, and Cumberland counties.

    Spurwink Services
    901 Washington Ave., Suite 100
    Portland, ME 04103
    207.871.1200

Contact Information:

Maine AAP Foster Care Committee • Chair: Andrea Tracy, MD, FAAP

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