2017-05-11 / Neighbors

Foster parent program to launch

Spurwink Services was awarded the A Family for ME contract by the Maine Department of Health and Human Services. The contract will allow Spurwink to relaunch A Family for ME, a statewide recruitment campaign to identify families interested in becoming foster and adoptive parents for children in custody of the department.

There are 1,845 Maine children in foster care. Children must be placed in suitable foster homes in appropriate locations, to ensure a child’s life is disrupted as little as possible.

Over the last decade, The Office of Child and Family Services has seen the number of children younger than 5 in state custody nearly double.

Additional foster homes are urgently needed to meet targeted recruitment of families who can provide temporary care to babies and young children who are in the process of reunification with their birth families; who can accommodate larger sibling groups to allow these siblings to remain connected in the same home; and who can provide care for older youth with challenging behaviors resulting from their exposure to traumatic events. Families are also needed for older children for whom reunification with their birth families is no longer an available option and for whom an adoptive family is being sought.

For more information, call 1-844-893-6311 or e-mail AFamilyforME@spurwink.org.

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