"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
  • One-to-one, short-term in-home support and education
  • 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.

Support Us

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Celebrate summer with G.E.A.R.!

Free Family Picnic - Canaan

Saturday, Aug. 20, 2016 (Rain date is Saturday, Aug. 27)
11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Lake George Regional Park, west side, 10 Main Street, Canaan

Lake George Regional Park is a favorite summer destination for many Maine families. The Lake George area offers swimming, hiking, boating and fishing. Some picnic tables are available, but families may want to bring additional chairs. Lunch will be provided.

Team Up for Your Child workshop - Unity

Saturday, Nov. 5, 2016
9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Unity Head Start Gymnasium, 85 School St., Unity

This free, one-day workshop offers a step-by-step guide designed to help families navigate confusing service systems and work smarter with doctors, schools, agencies and insurers. Parents, grandparents and guardians who are currently parenting a child with behavioral health needs are welcome to attend. Lunch will be provided. Register online.

Call 1-800-264-9224 to RSVP today

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.


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