"You Are Not Alone!" Welcome to G.E.A.R. Parent Network

Through parent-to-parent sharing of experiences and knowledge, G.E.A.R. Parent Network empowers parents of children with behavioral health needs to build on their family’s strengths and to advocate for their family’s needs.

FREE support available to parents and families include:

  • Support by phone at 1-800-264-9224
  • Monthly support groups
  • Workshops on topics related to emotional and behavioral health
  • Opportunities to network with other families
  • Information on resources and public services available to you and your family
  • Programs for passing on your knowledge and assisting other families
  • Leadership skills and quality assurance advocacy through the F.A.C.E.S. Council

We are parents helping each other; we offer unconditional support – no blame, no shame and no judgment. We want you to know that you are not ALONE!

Learn more about us, our staff, support groups, resources and much more.

Register for Lives in the Balance

Event flier--child looking at youCost: FREE
Where: Ellsworth Elementary-Middle School, 20 Forrest Ave., Ellsworth, Maine
When: Jan. 25, 6 to 8 p.m.
RSVP: Call G.E.A.R. Parent Network at 1.800.264.9224 or register online

For more information, visit the "Parents/Families" section on the Lives in the Balance website.

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This collaborative, day-long conference will inform parents and professionals about the various transitions children and youth experience while living with behavioral and mental health needs. The workshops will have you thinking “outside the box” as you learn unique and creative ways to work through those sometimes difficult milestones.This event is co-hosted by Maine Parent Federation, G.E.A.R. Parent Network, Autism Society of Maine and Adoptive & Foster Families of Maine, Inc.

Register online

G.E.A.R. Parent Network offers three surveys for caregivers of children with behavioral health concerns:

The Family/Caregiver Survey asks you to identify the immediate and long-term effects of caregiver strain, as well as what would reduce the strain and improve health and well-being.

The Parent/Caregiver Support Needs Assessment assists our program in tailoring which types of support groups, workshops and/or activities you may be interested in attending.

Help G.E.A.R. Parent Network inform the system of care to better understand the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) that families have been exposed to. This information will also help us provide future educational workshops, awareness and prevention of ACEs.