BANGOR, Maine — Adoptive and Foster Families of Maine, the Maine Department of Health and Human Services, the Muskie School of Public Service are partnering with friends of youths and families to present another in its ongoing series of Community Conversations 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Thursday, June 5, at First Assembly Church, 614 Finson Road.
The Community Conversation will bring together a panel of youth and foster, adoptive or kinship parents that will help increase awareness and to promote conversation among the various entities currently trying to help youths who are in or have been in foster care to find permanency and stability in their lives. Stories will be shared about what has worked and what has not. A skilled facilitator will lead the panel in a rich and vital conversation. Following the panel participants will have the opportunity to take part in a discussion and explore permanency options for Maine’s youth.
Those encouraged to attend are foster, adoptive and kinship resource parents; youths, child welfare workers, educators, private agency representatives, mental health advocates such as therapists, law enforcement, counselors, guidance counselors, Guardian Ad Litems, court-appointed special advocates; and the general population who may be interested in providing for Maine’s youths, attorneys and individuals invested in permanency outcomes for youths in foster care.
Participants will be given opportunities to ask questions and share ideas on what permanency means. AFFM is offering gift cards to anyone who brings someone with them.
Resource families especially are encouraged to attend because they live with the youths and may understand messages they do or do not share with workers in the system.
GAL Continuing Education Credits have been approved for this event. Application has been made for CLE’s for attorneys. Call AFFM for an update on this application.
This is a training event good towards Resource Family Training hours for relicensing. A 5-hour certificate will be given at the end of the day.
Bring a bag lunch. Beverages and dessert provided.
To learn more about youth in need of permanency and the logic behind the Community Conversations see the Youth Leadership Transition Collaborative and Digital Stories linked with AFFM website: www.affm.net
Please call Adoptive and Foster Families of Maine at 827-2331 or email Margaret@affm.net to RSVP if you are planning to attend this event. Don’t forget to bring a friend!