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Maine State Information

In Maine, approximately over 11,000 children live with grandparents or other relative caregivers. Additionally, over 5,000 grandparents reported having their grandchildren living with them.

The Governor recently signed into law LD170, a bill that was advocated heavily by grandfamilies and the Legislative Task Force on Kinship Care Families. The new law allows the relative of a child or incapacitated adult to have power of attorney for a maximum of 12 months instead of 6 months. It also gives a probate court the power to issue, modify or terminate guardianship in the best interest of the child.

Maine offers a diverse range of services, support, and assistance for relative care families. Through public and private partnerships the state has been able to place many children with relatives, and prevent their entrance into the foster system.

By the Numbers
  • Over 11,000 children live with grandparents or other relative caregivers.
  • Over 5,000 grandparents report having their grandchildren living with them.
Grandparent Visitation

Download the Grandparent Visitation information here (current as of 8/1/11)

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