“A Profile of Kinship Foster Care Families in Maine.”

Carlow, Jen, Carroll, Aleeshia and Savanna Power. Adoptive and Foster Families of Maine. (2016). 2-16.

This paper serves as a demographic analysis of kinship families in the state of Maine. Its purpose is to investigate the quality of life for kinship families and identify needs, gaps in services and other information to help with the further goals of advocacy and program development. The research for this paper was conducted in partnership with the non-profit Adoptive and Foster Families of Maine (AFFM) and research participants included 111 kinship caregiver members of AFFM support groups. Significant findings from the research include many participants citing they do not utilize services for kinship caregivers and that they are not receiving any financial support in caring for their children.