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Maine Alliance of Family Organizations (MAFO)

Maine Alliance of Family Organizations (MAFO) is a statewide alliance that formed to better serve families of children with disabilities and special health care needs, and to strengthen family voice.”

Learn About MAFO

The organizations which make up MAFO are as listed below:

Maine Parent Federation

Maine Parent Federation (MPF), in existence since 1984, is a private non-profit organization. MPF provides information, referral, one on one telephone support, and training to parents of children with disabilities or special health care needs and the professionals who work with these families through numerous grant-funded projects. Our services are offered at no cost to parents and are available statewide.”

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Autism Society of ME

“The Autism Society of Maine provides education and resources to support the valued lives of individuals on the autism spectrum and their families.”

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Adoptive and Foster Families of ME

Adoptive and Foster Families of Maine, Inc. (AFFM) provides support services for adoptive and foster parents, and kinship providers.  AFFM provides the training, guidance, knowledge, and resources needed to handle complex issues as families open their hearts and homes to children…”

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GEAR Parent Network

Through parent-to-parent sharing of experiences and knowledge, G.E.A.R. Parent Network empowers parents of children with behavioral health needs to build on their family’s strengths and to advocate for their family’s needs.”

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Maine Chapter of the National Alliance for Mental Illness

Through support, education and advocacy NAMI Maine is dedicated to building better lives for the one in four Mainers who are affected by mental illness. “

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Community Action Program

Community Action Agencies are local private and public non-profit organizations set to carry out the Community Action Program. A Community Action Program is a plan that describes what the community wants to achieve, what activities are required during a specific time period, and what resources is needed to be successful. The plan should be a framework for implementing projects decided by the community itself.

The Community Action Agencies in Maine are:

Aroostook County

Aroostook County Action Program (ACAP)

ACAP has provided the people of Aroostook County
with services and resources that help individuals and families achieve greater economic independence.

Office – (800) 585-3053 or (207) 764-3721

Androscoggin & Oxford Counties

Community Concepts, Inc. (CCI)

Since 1965, Community Concepts, Inc. has offered a variety of housing, economic development and social services for the communities of Androscoggin, Franklin and Oxford counties of Maine. These services support both the basic needs of low income families and promotes self-sufficiency.

South Paris Office – (800) 866-5588 or (207) 743-7716

Lewiston Office – (800) 866-5588 or (207) 795-4065

Kennebec, Lincoln, Sagadahoc & Somerset Counties

Kennebec Valley Community Action Program (KVCAP)

KVCAP is a non-profit community action program which has been providing services to the people of Kennebec and Somerset counties for over 40 years. We offer a variety of services geared towards helping our clients achieve economic and social self-sufficiency. Each year, thousands of residents access KVCAP services to assist them in their struggle to overcome the barriers of poverty. Many of our services are available to people of all income levels.

Waterville Office – (800) 542-8227 or (207) 859-1500

Augusta Office – (800) 542-8227 or (207) 859-1500

Washington & Hancock Counties

Downeast Community Partners

Downeast Community Partners (DCP) was formed in 2017 with the merging of two of the most venerable organizations in the region, Child and Family Opportunities and the Washington Hancock Community Agency. With a mission to improve the quality of life and reduce the impact of poverty in Downeast communities, DCP is committed to creating and delivering services and programs that treat community members with dignity and compassion, and offer them the possibility of achieving their goals and dreams.

Office – (800) 828-7544 or (207) 664-2424

Penobscot, Piscataquis & Knox Counties

Penquis Community Action Program (PCAP)

Penquis is a nonprofit organization incorporated in 1967 to alleviate and eliminate the causes and conditions of poverty. Through its programs and subsidiaries, Penquis impacts all of Maine’s sixteen counties, but primarily serves low- and moderate-income individuals in Penobscot, Piscataquis and Knox counties.

Bangor Office – (800) 215-4942 or (207) 973-3500

Lincoln Office – (800) 215-4942 or (207) 794-3093

Dover Foxcroft Office – (800) 215-4942 or (207) 564-7116

Rockland Office – (800) 215-4942 or (207) 596-0361

Cumberland County

Opportunity Alliance

The Opportunity Alliance is the Community Action Agency for Cumberland County. Through multiple integrated community-based and clinical programs, we serve more than 20,000 people annually throughout Maine.

For 50 years, we have provided advocacy, leadership, and support to help individuals, families, and communities identify goals and address their needs.

Office – (207) 553-5900

Waldo County

Waldo Community Action Partners

Waldo Community Action Partners is a charitable, educational, 501(c)(3) private non-profit organization located in Belfast, Maine. It is designed to utilize and mobilize public and private resources to assist low-income Waldo County residents in the alleviation of poverty and address its underlying causes.

Office – (800) 498-3025 or (207) 338-3025

Franklin County

Western Maine Community Action Program

It is Western Maine Community Action’s mission to advocate for, strengthen, and coordinate all resources – private, local, state, and federal – that will assist us in promoting the self-sufficiency of people.

A belief in basic human dignity and the exercise of free choice motivates the agency to approach this goal in two ways: by providing services to alleviate the conditions of economic uncertainty and by advocating for changes to eliminate the causes of poverty.

Office – (800) 645-9636 or (207) 645-3764

York County

York County Community Action Program

York County Community Action Corporation was incorporated in 1965 in response to the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964. Since then, York County communities have counted on YCCAC to provide opportunity and hope to people from all circumstances, particularly in times of transition or adversity.

Over time, we have added to our services to meet the changing demands in our communities, but our approach remains the same: We are driven by the belief that when our communities are strong, all of its members have opportunities to thrive— and, in turn, that when an individual achieves personal success and independence, our communities grow healthier, stronger, and more vibrant.

Office – (800) 965-5762 or (207) 324-5762

United Way

“United Way is engaged in nearly 1,800 communities across more than 40 countries and territories worldwide.  We are focused on creating community-based and community-led solutions that strengthen the cornerstones for a good quality of life: education, financial stability and health.”

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Center for Parent and Information Resources

“Your central “Hub” of information and products created for the network of Parent Centers serving families of children with disabilities”

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National RAISE Center

“The RAISE team works with the seven Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA)-funded PTIs to develop and disseminate information and resources that increase their capacity to serve youth and young adults with disabilities and their families.”

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PACER Center enhances the quality of life and expands opportunities for children, youth, and young adults with all disabilities and their families so each person can reach his or her highest potential. PACER operates on the principles of parents helping parents, supporting families, promoting a safe environment for all children, and working in collaboration with others.