Friends of YLAT

YLAT strives to give the best voice to youth in care and partners itself with other organizations who also offer resources and support within the larger community. You can visit the website of any of our partners which are listed below.

Adoptive and Foster Families of Maine – Supportive services for adoptive and foster parents, as well as kinship placements.

A Family For ME A Family for ME is a partnership between the Department of Health and Human Services and Spurwink Services, with the focus of raising awareness of the urgent need and finding Maine families who are willing and able to parent children in foster care.

Camp to Belong Maine (CTBM) – CTBM reunites siblings for one week during the summer who have been separated because of foster care or other out-of-home care.

Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) – CASA’s are trained volunteers who give advice to judges in court on the best interest of children who are in the Maine child welfare system.

Department of Health and Human Services – Office of Child and Family Services (OCFS) –  General information about OCFS as well as programs and services offered through this division can be found on their website.

Foster Youth in Action (FYA) – A national organization dedicated to creating partnerships with like minded groups to create positive policy and practice changes for all foster youth nationwide.

Foster Care Alumni of America (FCAA) – A national group founded and led by alumni of the Foster Care System.  FCAA connects the alumni community and works towards transforming foster care policy and practices.

Jobs for Maine Graduates (JMG) – JMG works with students statewide to help them reach their full potential toward continued education, a meaningful career and positive adulthood. Be sure to check out their Opportunity Passport™ program to learn about their match savings opportunity.

Maine LEAP Maine has joined a national effort called Learn and Earn to Achieve Potential (LEAP) which is being led by the Annie E. Casey Foundation and adapts two evidence-based models to build solid pathways for young people from high school to post-secondary education and careers.

Maine Youth Action Network (MYAN) MYAN’s vision is for communities throughout Maine to foster the healthy development of youth and create a thriving network of engaged leaders.

Maine Youth Court – Youth Court is a program that provides support and accountability for young people who have violated the law or a school rule through a restorative, peer-led approach. Trained youth volunteers act as advocates and facilitators using a restorative framework to create a collective agreement.

Maine Youth Transition Collaborative (MYTC) – Community partners working together to ensure that youth transitioning from foster care have the resources and opportunities they need to be successful adults.

New England Youth Coalition (NEYC) – NEYC is made up of current and alumni foster youth and adult allies who “work together to better the quality of life for youth involved with the foster care system through education, advocacy, and improvement of policy and practice.”

Southern Maine Youth Transition Network (SMYTN) – SMYTN works towards building a network of supports so that youth have relationships, connections, opportunities and skills needed for a successful transition into young adulthood. SMYTN is an Aspen Institute Opportunity Youth Incentive Fund site.

Youth & Community Engagement (YCE) is part of the Cutler Institute for Health and Social Policy at the University of Southern Maine. YCE works with individuals and communities to leverage their leadership and build their skills, resources and capacity.

 

 

"It's really done a lot. Being a part of YLAT makes you feel stronger; knowing you're making a difference makes you feel good about yourself." - YLAT Member