Community Care
has been
accredited by

COA - Council On Accreditation

since 2005

May is Foster Parent Appreciation Month! 

Thank you to all foster parents who have opened up your homes and your hearts to care for children in need of a home.  Foster parents have been instrumental in offering a safe and nurturing home to Maine's youth when they are unable to live with their families.  Many children living in foster care end up reunifying with their families thanks to the incredible support and guidance of foster parents.  Thank you for all that you do!  If you or someone you know is interested in exploring becoming a foster parent, please call our Foster Care Specialist, Brynn Kimball, at 299-1144.

Mental Health Awareness Month – 13 Things You Should Know

Do you know that there is a popular new series on Netflix (“13 Reasons Why”) that is written for a middle-school/ teenage audience? The story is about a seventeen year old girl named Hannah Baker, who ends her life and leaves behind a series of recordings to her classmates that describe the difficult events which led to her decision.  The series is currently being widely viewed and discussed among middle and high school aged kids.  Below are 13 things you should know to identify potential suicidal behavior:

For Families:

* Kids may easily identify with TV characters, especially in programs developed specifically for a middle/high school age audience.

* Conversation about new topics helps teens develop insight and better understand the world around them.

* There is no single cause of suicide.  Suicide is most commonly the combined result of a treatable illness and intolerable stressors.

* Ask your kids if they have watched the show 13 Reasons Why.  Use it as a way to open a supportive conversation with them that sends a clear message that you are paying attention to their emotional well-being and are there for them if they are struggling.

* If you recognize any of the warning signs above, doing be afraid to ask about them.  Raising the issue of suicide does not plant the idea.  Instead, it creates an opportunity to offer help.

* Ask you child if they think any of their friends or classmates are exhibiting warning signs.  Talk with them about how to seek help for their friend.

* Listen to your teen’s comments without judgment. 

* Get help from a community based Mental Health Professional if you are concerned about your child’s safety or the safety of one of their peers.

For Young Adults:

* Don’t be afraid to talk to your friends about how they feel and let them know that you care

* Be a positive member of your school and reach out or tell an adult if you see someone struggling.

* Never promise to keep secrets that represent a danger toward another person.

* Remember that suicide is preventable.  People considering suicide often say or does something that is a warning sign before taking action.  Always take warning signs seriously.

* Never leave a suicidal person alone – find a trusted adult and tell them what is happening.

Adapted from National Association of School Psychologists (2017). 13 Reasons Why Netflix series:  Considerations for educators (handout), Bethesda, ME: Author.

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Community Care is proud to be celebrating over 20 years of service and support to the children, teens, families, and individuals who need us throughout Maine!  In November of 1995, we began providing treatment foster care (under a different name) to a small number of kids in a small area of Maine.  We have expanded our services in scope, type, and geographical areas over the past twenty years.  We now serve children, families, and adults from Fort Kent to York to Greenville to Perry and everywhere in between!  We continue to serve children in the Treatment Foster Care program but we also serve children and families through our Community Family Support Services (CFSS/HCT) program, Outpatient Clinic, Targeted Case Management (TCM), and Alternative Response (ARP) programs.  We now serve adults in our Community Integration (CI) program, Behavioral Health Home (BHH), Outpatient Clinic, and Independent Living Program (ILP).  Read More »

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Meet Jessica George»

A Central Coordinator!

1. How long have you worked at Care?

I have worked at Care for 3 years and left for a few short weeks to try something new and have been back at Care for 4 years - making that 7 years total. Upon leaving the agency I realized how much I enjoyed working for Community Care and thankfully a position was available for me to return to.

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- Anthony J. D'Angelo