May 2, 2014

Therapeutic Foster Care Mom Awarded Foster Parent of the Year

Therapeutic Foster Care Supports Children Removed from their Homes


(May 1, 2014) — Just in time to celebrate National Foster Care Month (May), Meredith Crain, a foster parent in The Opportunity Alliance’s Therapeutic Foster Care Program has been awarded York County’s Foster Parent of the Year from Adoptive and Foster Families of Maine, Inc. (AFFM). She received her award at AFFM’s 2014 conference in Bangor on April 25th.  Meredith has been a foster parent with our Therapeutic Foster Care program for 20 years.

        Therapeutic Foster Care is a specialized form of foster care for children and youth who have been removed from their homes by Maine’s Department of Health and Human Services because of abuse or neglect. Given their experiences, many of these children need additional supervision, stability, and care, and often at a moment’s notice. The Opportunity Alliance’s foster families create safe and stable homes for these children in transition. The Opportunity Alliance provides each foster family with a case manager – a knowledgeable social worker able to connect the family with all the resources and training they need.  The Opportunity Alliance also organizes foster family discussion groups, advocacy projects and social gatherings; assists with licensing and paperwork; and arranges respite care to keep families connected and nurtured.

        Adoptive and Foster Families of Maine, Inc. (AFFM) provides support services for adoptive and foster parents.  AFFM provides the training, guidance, knowledge, and resources needed to handle complex issues as families open their hearts and homes to children.  AFFM services are for all adoptive and foster families who are licensed by the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) or have DHHS approval to adopt.


For more information or to speak with Meredith Crain, please contact Jim Gemmell: 523-5014;