Spurwink Expands Foster Care Support Services

By July 28, 2016Press Release

Portland, ME – To increase the number of foster homes in Maine and better support individuals exploring foster care and licensed foster families, Spurwink Services has expanded its Treatment Foster Care program with the addition of services in Hancock, Penobscot and Piscataquis counties.

The Spurwink Treatment Foster Care program features a team approach, a 24/7 “on-call” team member, experienced case manager support, foster family networking, and access to extensive online and in person training.

The Maine Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), Office of Child and Family Services (OCFS) brought statewide attention to the lack of foster and adoptive homes in the state relative to the number of children in need of placement in March 2015. Spurwink is expanding our services in response to this critical need.

“What is surprising to many is that the majority of foster parents that Spurwink Treatment Foster Care supports don’t have prior experience with fostering; they have experience with children and are drawn to foster care because they understand the critical need for a child to experience a truly caring, loving and stable family”, explains Candace Rowell, LCSW, Program Manager at Spurwink Treatment Foster Care.

A nationally accredited non-profit organization, Spurwink Services provides a broad range of behavioral health and educational services throughout Maine. Treatment Foster Care, which supports families in 14 Maine counties, is one of Spurwink’s many specialized programs supporting the health, wellbeing and educational needs of children, adolescents, adults, and families.

To learn more about Treatment Foster Care visit spurwink.org/fostercare or call Resource Coordinator Rana O’Connor at 207-871-1200.