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The Goals of Post Adoption Support

Direct Service Resources
Post-Adoption Services

Child Development, Health, and Medical Resources

Mental Health Resources
Educational Resources
Legal Services
Financial Assistance
Diversity Issues

Informational Resources
Newsletters and Other Periodic Publications

DHHS District Offices
BDS District Offices


Last updated 11/10/2008

Child Development Services 

All Maine children are entitled to screening for developmental, physical, and learning disabilities. Many state-affiliated and private non-profit community service agencies provide evaluation and screening of pre-school age children. In this guide, we have listed Child Development Services, a quasi-state agency with branch offices in each county that is funded through the Maine Department of Education, but we encourage you to explore other programs as well. 

CDS of Androscoggin County
377 Main Street
Lewiston, ME 04240
(207)795-4022 / Fax# (207)795-4082
CDS of Lincoln County
P.O. Box 1114
Damariscotta, ME 04543
(207)563-1411 / Fax# (207)563-6312
CDS of Aroostook County
122 Academy Street
Presque Isle, ME 04769
(207)764-4490 / Fax# (207)769-2275
CDS Opportunities (Oxford County)
P.O. Box 272
Paris Street
Norway, ME 04268
(207)743-9701 / Fax# (207)743-7063 
CDS of Cumberland County
50 Depot Road

Falmouth, ME  04105
(207)781-8881 /Fax# (207)781-8855
The Guide Program (Piscataquis County)
P.O. Box 326
Dover-Foxcroft, ME 04426
(207)564-3115 / Fax# (207)564-0019
CDS of Franklin County
144 High Street Suite 2

Farmington, ME 04938
1-800-561-1165 or (207)778-6262
Fax# (207)778-5548

CDS of Penobscot County
376 Harlow Street
In Town Plaza
Bangor, ME 04401
(207)947-8493 / Fax# (207)990-4819

CDS of Hancock County
190 Bangor Road, Suite A

Ellsworth, ME 04605
(207)667-7108 / Fax# (207)664-0461
CDS of Waldo County
139 Northport Avenue

Belfast, ME 04915
(207)338-1177 / Fax# (207)338-9978
CDS of Southern Kennebec County
263 Water Street Suite 500

Augusta, ME 04330
(207)623-4989 / Fax# (207)922-9798

CDS of Washington County
P.O. Box 718
9 Cooper Street
Machias, ME 04654
(207)255-4892 / Fax#(207) 255-6457

CDS Project PEDS (Northern Kennebec County)
163 Silver Street
Waterville, ME 04901
(207)877-2498 / Fax# (207)877-7459
CDS of York County
39 Limerick Road, Unit 2
Arundel, ME 
(207)985-7861 / Fax# (207)255-6457
CDS of Knox County
111 Tillson Avenue

Rockland, ME 04841
(207)594-5933 / Fax# (207)594-1925
CDS State Office
Department of Education

Augusta, ME 04333


Head Start Programs

Head Start is a national program which provides developmental services for low-income, pre-school children ages three to five.  Head Start programs follow national guidelines, but are managed locally through community non-profit organizations. Core components of Head Start services include children’s health services, education, parent involvement, and social services referral.

 The following Head Start programs currently serve local Maine communities:

Androscoggin Head Start & Child Care
Coburn School
Lewiston (207)795-4040 

Franklin County Head Start

Aroostook County CAP, Inc.
Presque Isle
Little Feathers Head Start
Aroostook Band of Micmacs

Presque Isle


CED, Inc.

Penquis Community Action Program
Bangor; Serving Penobscot and Piscataquis Counties 
Child and Family Opportunities, Inc.
Ellsworth; Serving Washington and
Hancock Counties
(207)667-2995/ 1-800-834-4378
People’s Regional Opportunity Program
Cumberland County 
1-800-698-4959 or (207)874 1140 ext.352
Coastal Community Action Program

Kennebec Valley Community Action Program
Waterville; Serving Northern Kennebec and Somerset Counties

Coastal Economic Development Corp.
Bath; Serving Sagadahoc, Lincoln, and North Eastern Cumberland counties
1-800-221-2221/ (207)442-7963

Southern Kennebec Child Development Corporation (SKCDC)
Augusta; Serving Southern Kennebec County 
(207)626-3410 ext.362

Community Concepts, Inc.
South Paris; Serving Oxford County

Waldo County Head Start
(207)338-3827/ (207)338-1523


Developmental Disabilities 

Alpha One (Physical and Developmental Disabilities)

127 Main Street
South Portland, ME 04106
(207)767-2189 Voice
(207)767-5387 TTY
800-640-7200 Voice/TTY

41 Acme Road Suite 5
Brewer, ME 04412
(207)989-6016 or TTY: (207)989-1451
800-300-6016 or TTY: 877-299-8954

Services:  Personal attendant services, independent living education, recreation programs, financial help for purchasing adaptive equipment and home remodeling, consultation regarding accessibility issues.

Autism Program
Penquis Community Action Program
P.O. Box 1162
Bangor, ME 04401-1162

Autism Society of Maine
72B Main Street
Winthrop, ME 04364

Services:  Information and training regarding Autism and Pervasive Developmental Disorder. Family-oriented support groups are held throughout the state. Lending library with books and video tapes.

Center for Therapeutic Recreation
(serves Portland, parts of Cumberland and York Counties)
222 St. John Street, Suite G4
Portland, ME 04102

Services:   Goal-oriented therapeutic recreation and socialization activities for children and adults with special needs. Consultation and education.

Cerebral Palsy Center
331 Veranda Street
Portland, ME 04103 

Services:   Education and treatment services for pre-school and school age children, including physical, occupational, and speech therapies.

Department of Children's Behavioral Services 

Region I (Cumberland and York Counties)
175 Lancaster Street

Portland, ME 04101


TTY: (207)822-0248
Regional Supervisor:
Children’s Mental Health Coordinator:
Region II (Kennebec, Knox, Lincoln, Sagadahoc, Somerset and  Waldo Counties)
State House Station #56
Augusta, ME 04333
TTY: (207)287-8126
Regional Supervisor:
Children’s Mental Health Coordinator:
Region III (Aroostook County)
P.O. Box 30

Presque Isle, ME 04769


Regional Supervisor:
Children’s Mental Health Coordinator: 
Region III (Hancock, Penobscot, Piscataquis, and Washington Counties)
176 Hogan Road
Bangor, ME 04401
TTY: (207)941-4392
Regional Supervisor:
Children’s Mental Health Coordinator:

Services:  Early intervention services through the first year of school, individual case management for children age 5-18 with autism, childhood mental illness, mental retardation, or pervasive developmental disorder. For early intervention and case management services, contact the Regional Coordinator.  For mental health information and referral, contact the Children’s Mental Health Coordinator.

Disability Rights Center of Maine
P.O. Box 2007
Augusta, ME 04338

Services:   Advocacy services for people with developmental disabilities.

GEAR Parent Network
32 Winthrop Street
Augusta, ME  04330

Services:  Provides emotional and practical support for parents caring for children with challenging special needs through phone contact, one on one contacts, group meetings, local and regional conferences, workshops, informational forums and social events. 

Genetics Clinic, Eastern Maine Medical Center
417 State Street, Suite 305
Bangor, ME 04401

Services:    Diagnosis of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome and other developmental disorders.

New England Regional Genetics Group
P.O. Box 670
Mt. Desert, ME 04660
email: nergg@acadia.net

Services:  Primarily an educational and research organization. Coordinates summer camps for children with sickle cell anemia and their families.

Maine Parent Federation (see also SPIN)
P.O. Box 2067
Augusta, ME 04338
(207)623-2144 or 1-800-870-7746


Services:   Parents of children with special needs meet as members of regional advisory councils that plan for disability-related services in their region.  Many opportunities for sharing support and resource information. Maine Parent Federation also maintains an extensive lending library of books and videos.

Parent Support Program, Southern Maine Parent Awareness
886 Maine Street Suite 303
Midtown Mall, 2nd Floor
Sanford, ME 04073

Services:   Support groups for parents who have children with various disabilities. Sponsors Maine Meeting Place, a computer network for people with disabilities and their families.

Pediatrics Specialty Group, Maine Medical Center
887 Congress Street
Portland, ME 04102

Services:  Diagnosis of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome and other developmental disorders.

SPIN (Special Needs Parents Information Network)
Maine Parent Federation
P.O. Box 2067
Augusta, ME 04338

 Services:   Information and education for parents, service providers, and the community. Lending library with books and videos pertaining to specific disabilities, technical assistance for developing parent networks, quarterly newsletter. 

Waban Projects, Inc.
5 Dunway Drive
Sanford, ME  04073

Services:  Offers child development services, including pre-school program, infant-toddler program, and development assessment program for Sanford residents.  Other services include case management services for children with diagnoses of PDD, autism-spectrum disorders, or mental retardation.  WABAN also offers home based services for families with unmet needs, as well as residential programs for adults. 


General Health and “Well Child” Resources

Programs Under MaineCare (See the “Financial Services” section for a complete description of MaineCare benefits and how to apply.)

EPSDT (Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnosis and Treatment)

Services:  Provides periodic check-ups, well-child evaluations and immunizations through your primary care provider. Participants must be MaineCare-eligible. Contact your nearest district DHHS office.

Health Works 

Services:  Provides information and referral for a wide variety of services, including a wide range of MaineCare-approved health and medical providers, mental health services, substance abuse treatment programs, educational and employment services. 


 Chronic Health Conditions/Physical Disabilities

Allergy and Asthma Associates of Maine
43 Baxter Boulevard
Portland, ME  04101 (with offices in Brunswick, Augusta, and Waterville)

Services:   Diagnosis and treatment

Allergy and Asthma Associates of Central Maine
287 Main Street
Lewiston, ME  04240

Services:    Diagnosis and treatment

Alpha One (Physical and Developmental Disabilities)

127 Main Street
South Portland, ME 04106
(207)767-2189 Voice
(207)767-5387 TTY
800-640-7200 Voice/TTY

41 Acme Road
Brewer, ME 04412
(207)989-6016 or TTY: (207)989-1451
800-300-6016 or TTY: 877-299-8954

Services:  Personal attendant services, independent living education, recreation programs, financial help for purchasing adaptive equipment and home remodeling, consultation regarding accessibility issues.

Brain Injury Association of Maine
325 Maine Street
Waterville, Me. 04901
(207)861-9900, 800-275-1233

Services:  Information and referral, support groups

Epilepsy Resource Center
930 Congress Street
Portland, ME 04102

 Services:  Literature, videotapes and books regarding all aspects of epilepsy. Support Group in Portland every other month. Personal experience with epilepsy.

Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation
500 Forest Avenue, Suite 6
Portland, ME  04101

Services:  Support group for diabetics, family members, and friends.

Maine Center for Integrated Rehabilitation

12 Stillwater Avenue
Bangor, ME  04402-1240

MCIR Rockport
859 Commercial Street
Rockport, ME  04986

125 John Roberts Road, Ste 12
South Portland, ME  04106

Dunbar Road
P.O. Box 8116
Winslow, ME  04901


Services:  Outpatient rehabilitation facility specializing in the treatment of brain injury for patients over 16 years old.

Maine Educational Center for Assistive Technology
301c Bailey Hall
University of Southern Maine 
37 College Avenue
Gorham, ME 04038
(207)780-5016 or 1-800-800-4USM ext. 5016

Services:  MECATS is working toward an inclusive world where everyone has access to high quality, meaningful learning by providing education and technical assistance to students, parents, and educators regarding assistive technology.

Maine Lead Action Project (Lead Poisoning)
P.O. Box 1218
Portland, ME 04104 

Services:  Information and referral, parent to parent support re: lead poisoning, its prevention, and what to do when your child is poisoned.

Muscular Dystrophy Association
222 Auburn Street
Portland, ME 04103

Services:  Information and referral, adaptive equipment loan program, assistance for purchasing a wheelchair, summer camp program.

Pine Tree Society for Handicapped Children and Adults
P.O. Box 518
149 Front Street
Bath, ME 04530
(207)443-3341 (voice/TTY) 

Services:   ASL interpreting, speech and hearing evaluation and therapy, school-based occupational therapy, post-polio support group, residential camp for persons with severe mental and physical disabilities.


 Terminal Illness/Bereavement

The AIDS Project
P.O. Box 5305
615 Congress Street
Portland, ME  04101
(207)774-6877 (Admin)
(207)775-1267 (Hotline) 

Services:   Provides support and case management services to persons with HIV/AIDS infection. Provides community education/ training, anonymous HIV antibody testing program, support groups, and meals program for persons with HIV/Aids infection, as well as education video library.

I Can Cope
Maine Medical Center
100 US Route 1
Scarborough, ME  04074

Services:  Eight-week educational programs with cancer and their families.  Sessions begin each Fall, Winter, and Spring.

The Jason Program
Saco Health Care Center

13 Industrial Park Road

Saco, Me. 04072
email: keastman@maine.rr.com

Services:   Serves the needs of critically ill children and their families through care coordination and education. Supports primary care providers by helping to pull together comprehensive care teams from local resources which address medical, social, emotional, practical, and spiritual needs.

Maine Hospice Council
693 Western Avenue
Manchester, ME  04330

Services:   Information regarding hospice services/palliative care and referral to local hospice programs.

Make a Wish Foundation
87 Elm Street Suite 203
Camden, ME 04843

Services:  Grants the wishes of children with life-threatening illnesses, such as a trip to Disney World, a day as a police officer, a new computer, or meeting a favorite celebrity. Anyone can submit for a wish by calling or using their website. 

Pathfinders: Support for Grieving Children
Hospice of Eastern Maine
885 Union Street, Suite 250
Bangor, ME  04401
(207) 973-8269

Services:  Provides a safe and supportive setting for children ages 3-17 to find their way through grief in the company of other children who have suffered a loss.

Ronald MacDonald House of Portland
250 Brackett Street
Portland, ME 04102

Ronald MacDonald House of Bangor
654 State Street
Bangor, ME 04401 

 Services:  Provides overnight accommodations for families with seriously ill children who have been hospitalized. Families are asked to make a $10.00 donation per night, but services are free for those who are unable to pay.

Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) Support Group
Maine Medical Center
Portland, ME

 Services: Parent to parent support and public education about SIDS.


Child Abuse and Neglect Councils of Maine

There are 16 Child Abuse and Neglect (CAN) Councils in Maine, one for each county.  Each is a local resource for parenting information, education and support. 

Advocates for Children
PO Box 3316
Auburn, ME 04212-3316
783-3990 FAX: 783-9402

Aroostook Council to Prevent Child Abuse
111 High Street
Caribou, ME 04736
498-2185 FAX: 498-3946

Cumberland County CAN Council/Youth Alternatives
PO Box 596
Portland, ME 04112-0596
874-1175 FAX: 874-1181

Franklin County Children’s Task Force
113 Church Street
Farmington, ME 04938
778-6960 FAX: 779-1029

Hancock County Children’s Council
PO Box 1087
Ellsworth, ME 04605-1087
667-5304 FAX: 667-6117

Families First
257 Water Street Suite 1
Augusta, ME 04330
626-3428 FAX: 621-6374

Different Abilities, Inc.
PO Box 431
Rockport, ME 04856-0431
236-6040 FAX: 236-0708

Healthy Kids!
PO Box 689
Damariscotta, ME 04543-0689
563-1818 FAX: 563-6381

Community Concepts
PO Box 278
South Paris, ME 04281-0278
743-1520 x 1317 FAX: 743-0010

Penquis Child Abuse Council/Penquis CAP
262 Harlow Street
Bangor, ME 04401

Piscataquis Child Abuse Council/Penquis CAP
262 Harlow Street
Bangor, ME 04401

Sagadahoc County

Families CAN/Coastal Economic Development
34 Wing Farm Parkway
Bath , ME 04530
442-7963 x 237 FAX: 443-7447

Somerset County Family Enrichment Council
97 Water Street
Waterville, ME 04901
859-1577 FAX: 873-0158

Washington County Council
PO Box 280
Milbridge, ME 04658-0280
546-7544 FAX: 546-3216

Waldo County Child and Parent Council
5 Stephenson Lane
Belfast, ME 04915
338-2200, ext. 109 FAX: 338-1652

Child Abuse Prevention Council of York County
62 Portland Road, Suite 15
Kennebunk, ME 04043
985-5975 FAX: 985-1758



Child Welfare Training Institute
Muskie School of Public Service
University of Southern Maine
45 Commerce Drive, Suite 11
§ Augusta, Maine 04330
§ 207.626.5088 (fax) § 207.626.5282 (TTY)