Resource Parent Care Team

Community Health and Counseling Services will help Foster and Kinship Families enhance their ability to meet the safety and wellbeing needs of youth in the care and custody of the Department.  These are dedicated services for the Foster Families themselves. Foster Families will improve their ability to manage challenging youth behaviors and the percentage of Foster Families who maintain youth placements until permanency occurs will increase.

This service will provide several levels of services for Foster and Kinship Families:

    • Liaisons will be placed in OCFS District offices to initiate and build relationships with foster families and other members of the team, including providers, OCFS staff, and informal/formal supports. Liaisons will provide exceptional customer service by responding to phone calls or emails from Foster Families, answering their questions as able, and triaging needs related to a Youth’s case planning.  This Liaison position will allow for enhanced communication amongst Foster Families, OCFS staff, and community-based contracted staff delivering this service array.

    • In-home Supports will be provided, and will include either a clinical component, a skills-based component, or both.

      • Master’s level staff will work in the home to provide clinical support, assessments, trauma education, and oversight.
      • Bachelor’s level staff will assess needs, make referrals, ensure safety, and coordinate services, as well as focus on skill-building to increase parenting skills and capacity.

Related Documents:
Aroostook County Resource Directory
Kennebec/Somerset Resource Directory
Lewiston-Auburn/Western Maine Resource Directory
Midcoast Resource Directory
Penobscot/Piscataquis Resource Directory
Washington/Hancock Resource Directory

CHCS Mission

Community Health and Counseling Services will provide community health services that are needed and valued by the communities and individuals we serve.