On this page:


  • A Guide to Adoption Services in Maine - A list of licensed private adoption agencies in Maine, Maine adoption placement services, adoptive family support groups and other related adoption services.
  • How Do I Adopt? - This is the step by step process for adopting a child in the care of the Department of Health and Human Services.
  • Maine Adoption Reunion Registry - How adoptees and their birth families can attempt a reunion.
  • Maine's Waiting Children External site disclaimer - A photo listing of the children in the care of the Maine Department of Health and Human Services awaiting adoption.

Behavioral Health

Child Care

Child Protection (Abuse, neglect or exploitation)

  • Abuse - Report Child Abuse - the child abuse hotline is staffed 24 hours a day.
  • Child Abuse Action Network - the Child Abuse Action Network (CAAN) is a multi-disciplinary, public and private sector committee committed to enhancing the professional and public response to child abuse in Maine.
  • Handbook for Parents - describes rights parents have during a child abuse and neglect assessment.
  • Mandated Reporters - information and resources for people who are required by law to report suspected abuse, neglect or exploitation.

Foster Parenting

  • Foster Parenting - Department of Health and Human Services information about and links to information about adoptive and foster parenting.
  • As a foster parent, you can make all the difference in the life of a child.
  • Levels of Care - A process for assessing the service needs of all Maine children currently in foster care and new children entering foster care.
  • Reasonable and Prudent Parenting Training -A power point presentation explaining the new reasonable and prudent parenting standards for Resource Parents.  (best if viewed in full screen mode)

Head Start

  • Head Start - Serving children from birth to age five whose families meet the Federal poverty guidelines.
  • Head Start Locator External site disclaimer - Federal Administration for Children and Families Search page - Find a Head Start program in Maine



  • Independent Living - Information and resources for older youth in the custody, or continued care of DHHS. Includes information on the Chafee Foster Care Independence Program, Independent Living, and more.


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