Maine Families

Child Development & Parent Support

AMHC Targeted Case Management: 1-800-244-6431
Services to children ages of 0 to 20 who have a developmental disability or a mental health diagnosis. Case managers meet regularly with children and families in their homes to develop service plans, identify community resources and advocate for needed supports.  They support families by attending school meetings, medical appointments, making referrals, and monitoring services as they progress. Click here for the brochure

Breastfeeding Support Facebook page (Maine Families): Facebook forum to ask questions of Certified Lactation Counselors and share information with other breastfeeding moms

Bridging Program: 255-0481
Support for prenatal moms on drug replacement therapy or who have a high-risk pregnancy, or moms with newborns that have medical complications. Program can provide home visiting nurses or non-medical home visitors to work with families to help address their immediate needs and identify & facilitate on-going supports.

Car Seat Safety Program:
Free child car seats & booster seats for low-income families. Installation assistance, safety & recall information, car seat checks, and free trainings available to groups or individuals
Machias: Maine Families 255-0481

Catholic Charities Education Services: 1-800-781-8550
Support services for parents with children who are blind or visually impaired

Child Development Services (CDS): 255-4892
Screenings and evaluations; Services for preschool children with special needs

Community Resource Advocates (DCP): 598-5648
Support for a parent who needs help tackling an issue and finding the resources that may be available to them. Whether it be finding childcare, reliable transportation, any kind of life issue. The Resource Advocate can come to your home to work with you or you can meet at the DCP offices or another location convenient to you. No fees – MaineCare is not required

Early Childhood Consultation (ECCO): 214-8434 / 454-4117
Request a consultant to observe a child in their natural setting – for children experiencing challenges in daycare, school or at home. Free service for parents, daycare providers, or schools, no Mainecare required)

Family Respite Program (through NAMI Maine): 1-800-464-5767
NAMI Maine Family Respite exists to assist families by enabling a much needed break in the responsibility of caring for a child with significant developmental delays and behavioral or emotional disorders. Through a certified provider network, trained per diem staff are available to care for children with special needs in their communities so that their parents can get a break. Qualified applicants can earn extra income while providing short-term relief to families of children with disabilities and special needs. Click here to download an application for the program

Grandparents Parenting:
Click here for a comprehensive fact sheet guide for Grand-families. See also Maine Kids-Kin (listed below)

Hear Me Now: 688-4544 x205
Parent-Infant support program to assist in education of infants who are deaf or hearing impaired

Maine Equal Justice Partners: 1-866-626-7059
Help navigating MaineCare programs for different family needs; Help with TANF or Aspire sanctions, and more…

Maine Families: 255-0481
Home Visitors provide support for expectant parents and parents of newborns, providing resources around infant care, healthy growth and development, home safety, and more. Services also include: Childbirth classes, lactation counseling, car seat safety technicians, online resource library.

Maine Kids-Kin: 1-866-298-0896
Support services for grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousin, siblings, or other family members raising children. Support groups, clothing exchange, and other support resources including a Resource Guide for GrandFamilies and a Legal Resource Guide for GrandFamilies

Parent Enrichment Classes (from Sunrise Opportunities/CAN): 263-5270
Free courses are offered in Machias, Calais and other locations around the county several times a year.  Courses include: “Active Parenting Now”, Cooperative Parenting Through Separation & Divorce”, “Father’s Connection”, “Infant Safe Sleep Workshop”, “Period of Purple Crying”, ”Strengthen Maine Families”. Courses offered in the evenings with dinner and childcare provided free. Call for more information about the classes and workshops, and to find out about locations and times.

Pathways of Maine (formerly called Providence): 888-480-9550
Offering a range of services for children with behavioral health disorders, developmental disabilities, or autism. Services include targeted case management, home-based therapy, an Intensive home-based therapy program, and community-based behavioral health treatment for children and their families.

Project Linus: 598-5963
Handmade quilts for children who are ill, experienced trauma “or need a hug”

Public Health Nursing (PHN): 287-4112 / 1-877-763-0438
Nurse Home Visiting – Nurses can provide support to parents in their home if they have an infant with a medical condition or who has been exposed to substances prenatally.  This is a free service for residents of Maine, no insurance or Mainecare required

Safe Families for Children: 733-6161
Volunteer host families provide temporary safe care for children while their parents take time to cope with stress, therapy, incarceration, or difficult situations in their lives. This arrangement is made between the parent/caregiver and Safe Families and does not involve DHHS.

SSI Benefits for Infants: 1-800-772-1213
Disability benefits for premature babies or babies born with a low birth-weight called “presumptive disability” on SSI website

We Care Community Baby Center: 255-8903
Free diapers, wipes and other baby care needs available monthly to WIC or MaineCare eligible families. We Care also has a closet of gently used clothing, shoes, outerwear, toys, and books donated from the community and We Care participants. For more information contact: info@wecarebabycenter.com. Now with two locations:
Lubec: 44 South Street (the old high school)
+++ 2nd & 3rd Wednesdays 1p – 4pm
Machias: 5 Water Street
+++ Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursday 9a – 11am
+++ Tuesdays 9a – 1p
New!  We Care Baby Center is now providing delivery service for the Machias area on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month for families that cannot get to the center due to lack of transportation, illness, or other issues.  Message We Care’s Facebook page to get on the delivery list.

Women, Infants and Children (WIC): Calais 454-3634 | Machias 255-8280
Healthy food packages and food vouchers for pregnant women and children up until they turn five (food includes eggs, cheese, whole grains, peanut butter, fruit & vegetables, baby foods, formula, and Farmer’s market vouchers); Prenatal vitamins; Breastfeeding support (including electric and manual breast pumps); Baby weight checks, iron deficiency and anemia tests; Referrals to healthcare and other community services. Mainecare not required to be eligible. Call for more info or to make an appointment
Calais: 43 Union Street
+++Tuesdays 8:30a – 4p, 1st & 3rd Thursdays 8:30a – 3pm
Eastport: 30 Boynton Street (at Eastport Health Center)
+++For Eastport dates and times call the Machias office
Harrington: 50 E. Main Street (at Harrington Family Health Center)
+++For Harrington dates and times call the Machias office
Machias: 247 Main Street
+++ Mondays 10a – 6pm
+++ Wednesdays 8a – 4pm
+++ 2nd & 4th Thursdays 8a – 4p
+++ Fridays 9a – 3:30p

WINGS: 1-800- 823-2988
Case management services for children with cognitive and behavioral challenges, mental health, medical, and developmental diagnosis

 

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