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.)

 

AroostooksomersetPiscataguisPenobscotWashingtonHancockOxfordFranklinWaldoKnoxKennebecLincoinSagadahocAndroscogginCumberlandYork

 

 


York, Cumberland, Oxford and Androscoggin Counties

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

Lewiston - Meets 1st Wednesday of each month at St. Mary's, 99 Campus Ave., from 6-8 p.m.

South Paris - Meets 3rd Wednesday of each month at Chamber of Commerce, 4 Western Ave., from 6-8 p.m.

Portland - Meets 4th Wednesday of each month at Maine Medical Center's Dana Center, 22 Bramhall St., from 5:30-7:30 p.m.

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Kennebec, Somerset and Franklin Counties

Diane Bouffard, CPSP, Regional Parent Support Coordinator, (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.
 
Farmington - Meets 1st Thursday of each month at Community Concepts, 103 Deerfield Lane, from 5:30-7:30 p.m.
 
PARENT CHILD PLAY GROUP:

Skowhegan - Meets every Thursday at Skowhegan Community Center Playground, 39 Poulin Dr., from 10 to 11:30 a.m.

Pittsfield - Meets 1st Wednesday of each month at Pittsfield Public Library, 110 Library St., from 10:15-11:45 a.m.

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Knox, Lincoln, Northern Cumberland and Sagadahoc Counties

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

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

Damariscotta - Meets 2nd Saturday of each month, Skidompha Public Library, Carpenter Room, 184 Main St., from 9:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m.

Rockland - Meets 2nd Thursday of each month, DHHS District Operations, 91 Camden St., Suite 103, from 9-11 a.m. Park in lot behind building for Ground Floor Entrance.

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Penobscot, Piscataquis and Southern Aroostook Counties

Nancy Levine Gray, Regional Parent Support Coordinator, (207) 215-6254, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Bangor - Meets 4th Thursday of each month at Charlotte White Center, 34 Penn Plaza., from 10:30 a.m. - Noon

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

 

Dover-Foxcroft - Meets 1st Friday of each month at Charlotte White Center, 572 Bangor Rd., from 10 a.m. to noon.

Houlton - Meets 2nd Friday of each month at Cary Library, 107 Main St., from 9:30-11 a.m.

ME Dads Who Care, Bangor - Meets various Tuesdays each month (Oct. 18, Nov. 15, Dec. 13) at Wings for Families and Children, 900 Hammond St., from 5:30-7:30 p.m.

 

Hancock, Waldo and Washington Counties

Cynthia Cullinane, Regional Parent Support Coordinator, (207) 266-9523, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Ellsworth - Meets 3rd Wednesday of each month at Downeast Horizons, 77 Union St., from 9-11 a.m.

Stockton Springs - Meets 4th Tuesday of each month at Stockton Springs Elementary School, 113 Church St., from 5:30-7:30 p.m. (September-May; child care available)

Unity - Meets 4th Thursday of each month at Unity Head Start, 85 School St., from 5:30-7:30 p.m. (September-May; child care available)

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

 

Additional Support Groups

Aspergers & Related Disorders Support Group
Location: Mayo Regional Hospital, Sebec Room, Dover-Foxcroft
Date: 1st Saturday of each month, 10-12 p.m.
Contact: Becky at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Childcare is not available

Autism/PDD Parent Support
Location: Penquis CAP, 262 Harlow St., Bangor
Contact: Betty at 973-3590 for more information on times and dates

Autism Biomedical Support Group
Location: Maine Integrative Wellness, 222 Auburn St., Portland
Date: 3rd Thursday, 6 p.m.
Contact: Laura at 828-4299

Autism Biomedical Support Group
Location: Namaste Institute, Rockland
Date: Last Saturday each month 10-12p
Contact: Jessica at 596-7059

Autism/Aspergers Support Group
Location: Southern Maine Parent Awareness, Libby Wakefield Room, Sanford
Date: 4th Thursday of each month 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Contact: Nancy Beach at 477-8481

Down Syndrome Support Group
Location: Carey Medical Center, Caribou
Date: Each Tuesday, 7-8:30 p.m.