Northport Conference Focuses on Forever Families for Children and Teenagers 

Dozens of people who help provide care for children and teenagers in need of forever families are in Northport this weekend.They’re taking part in a conference put on Adoptive and Foster Families of Maine and the Kinship Program. The yearly event spotlights the tough work done by everyone from resource families to case workers, under the guidance of the Department of Health and Human Services.The goal is to emphasize the need for children to have permanent homes.Participants, like Michael Augustine, say the conference helps different perspectives on care, come together.”One thing that the Department can see as a well-intended policy may have some negative or complicated side effects when it’s being implemented. And the foster and adoptive families can really point that out.”Therese Cahill-Low, the director of the Office of Child and Family Services, says, “For the staff at DHHS, I think it’s important for us to be connected with the people we’re rely so heavily on, who are working with our children and providing them loving and supportive homes. We know it’s not an easy job.”The event also gives organizers a chance to recognize people who are making huge strides in the foster and adoptive care system. The conference wraps up Saturday afternoon.