foster care

Teens and older youth in the foster care system often face the additional challenge of having to prepare to live independently. We'll learn about the difficulties and opportunities for these young people.

AUGUSTA, Maine - The state says there's a continued need for foster homes in Maine as more children come into state custody because of parental substance abuse.
Department of Health and Human Services Commissioner Mary Mayhew says there's a particular need for foster families who support reunification as well as those caring for teens, sibling groups and youth with special needs.
The process for applying for a foster parenting license includes a criminal background check and a fire and safety inspection.

Foster Care

Aug 10, 2016

Last year, 870 children entered into state custody. There is a pressing need for more foster families to care for these children. What does being a foster family entail? And what happens to these children as they move through the system? Guests: Mary Mayhew, Commissioner of the Department of Health and Human Services Jim Martin, Director of the Office of Child and Family Services (OCFS) April Belyea, a foster parent from CaribouSarah Hatt, a foster parent from Washburn


Mainers are being asked to volunteer to become foster families for dozens of children who have been placed in state custody.

Health and Human Services Commissioner Mary Mayhew says that while existing foster homes and families are expected to fill the needs of about 600 children in the coming year, there is still a need for 66 new foster families. She says children are the first-line causalities in Maine’s ongoing opioid crisis when the state is forced to place them into state custody after their drug-addicted parents are incapable of caring for them.

On a vote of 33-1, the Maine Senate has overturned Gov. Paul LePage’s veto of a bill that provides for prompt medical evaluations of Maine foster children.

The measure reduces the time the state has to conduct comprehensive medical evaluations of new state wards to three days from the current ten.

Patty Wight / MPBN

AUGUSTA, Maine - Maine has a shortage of foster and adoptive parents, at a time when demand for placements is growing. Last month, the Department of Health and Human Services announced that it needs more than 100 additional foster families and another 100 adoptive families.