Support Groups

Are you worried about your child’s emotional well-being? Through parent-to-parent sharing of experiences and knowledge, G.E.A.R. empowers parents of children with behavioral health needs to build on their family’s strengths and to advocate for their family’s needs. Free services available to parents and families include: support by phone, monthly support groups, education, health and legal trainings, and social opportunities. 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!

To access Support Group information nearest you, click on your county below. (If you live near the border of another county, please feel free to take a look at those groups as well.) Download our current flier.

 

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York, Cumberland, Oxford and Androscoggin Counties

Laurie Cavanaugh, CPSP, Regional Certified Parent Support Provider, (207) 518-9546, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Lewiston - Meets 2nd Wednesday of each month at St. Mary's, 193 Camus Ave., from 6-7:30 p.m.

South Paris - Meets 3rd Wednesday of each month at Chamber of Commerce,  from 6-7:30 p.m. (No meeting in September)

Portland - Meets 4th Wednesday of each month at Maine Medical Center's Dana Center, 22 Bramhall St., from 6-7:30 p.m. (No meeting in November or December)

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Kennebec, Somerset and Franklin Counties

Diane Bouffard, CPSP, Regional Certified Parent Support Provider, (207) 612-8996, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Augusta - Meets 2nd Tuesday of each month at Crisis & Counseling Centers, 10 Caldwell Road, from 6-8 p.m.

Augusta - Meets 3rd Wednesday of each month at Children’s Center, 1 Alden Ave., from 5:30-7:30 p.m.
 
Farmington - Meets 1st Thursday of each month at Franklin County Children's Task Force, 13 Church St., from 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Skowhegan - Meets 4th Tuesday of each month at Kennebec Behavioral Health, 5 Commerce Dr., from 9:30-11 a.m.

Waterville - Meets 2nd Thursday of each month at Educare, 56 Drummond Ave., from 9-11 a.m.

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Knox, Lincoln, Northern Cumberland and Sagadahoc Counties

Norman LeBlanc, CPSP, Regional Certified Parent Support Provider, (207) 721-0161, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Brunswick, For Dads - Meets 3rd Tuesday of each month, Providence’s Merrymeeting Center (back entrance, which is shared with Mid-Coast Veteran’s Resource Center), 62 Pegasus Street, Brunswick Landing, from 6-8 p.m.

Brunswick - Meets 4th Tuesday of each month, Curtis Memorial Library, Seminar Room, 23 Pleasant St., from 5:30-7:30 pm.

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Rockport - Meets 3rd Thursday of each month, Penobscot Bay Medical Center, Physician’s Building, Conference Room D, 4 Glen Cove Dr., from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Park in lot behind building for Ground Floor Entrance.

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Penobscot, Piscataquis, Southern Aroostook, Washington, Hancock and Waldo Counties

Karen Nix, Regional Parent Support Provider, (207) 469-0064, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Bangor - Meets 1st Wednesday of each month at St. Michaels Center/Catholic Charities, 1066 Kenduskeag Ave., from 6-8 p.m.

Bangor - Meets 2nd Tuesday of each month at Wings for Families and Children, 900 Hammond St., from 6-8 p.m.

Bucksport - Meets 3rd Thursday of each month at Bucksport Regional Health Center, 110 Broadway, from 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Ellsworth - Meets 4th Friday of each month at KidsPeace of New England, 16 KidsPeace Way, from 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Searsport - Meets 4th Tuesday of each month at Waldo County Head Start, 3 Back Searsport Rd., from 6-7:30 p.m. (September-May)

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For more information contact us at 1-800-264-9224.