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Transition Planning: The Parent's Role "Let's Think Outside of The Box"

 November 14th, 2015


This collaborative conference will inform parents and professionals about transition planning for children with disabilities. The workshops will have you thinking “outside the box” as you learn unique and creative ways to work through those, sometimes difficult milestones.

Once you have read through all of the conference information you can register online by clicking the registration link on the right hand side of this page, or you can pay by check by clicking the link below for a printable registration form. Please Send the completed form and check payable to,

Adoptive and Foster Families of Maine, Inc.

34 Main St.

Orono, Me. 04473

These forms must be post marked and mailed by November 7th, 2015

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Keynote speakers:  Jane and Jesse Bell


Jane and Jesse, mother and son, will share their experience in planning for the future for Jesse.  Jane and Jesse looked “far outside the box” to develop a successful transition plan to assist Jesse to live independently.



Panel Discussion:

Parent Professional Partnerships: Working together to achieve successful transition

This portion of the conference will provide a panel of professional from a variety of agencies who will discuss and answer questions to get you thinking outside the box on how to help families through key transitional periods.  Panelist will include: Alan Kurtz, Center for Community Inclusion Disability Studies, a representative from Vocational Rehabilitation, Youth Move, Jane Bell – parent, Jim Martin from OCF, Housing – Cathy Curtis, and Employment – TBA, Independent living-TBA.

Topical Tables

The topical table will give you the opportunity to sit down and learn information about specific topics from peers and professionals.  Please see list of topical tables offered and when registering, please mark your 1st and 2nd choice.


 Youth Move


 Youth rights vs. Adult rights





 Special Education and transition planning

 Independent Living

 Vocational Rehab

 Maine Parent Federation

 Autism Society of Maine

 GEAR Parent Network

Adoptive & Foster Families of Maine Inc. & The Kinship Program


Break out session #1 (please pick one) 1:15 – 2:30


  • What you need to know about section 21 & 29 waivers – Presenter will provide the participants with an understanding of section 21 and 29 waivers and what they need to know on how to receive these services.

  • Employement :The Parent's Role. Everyone has the right to work. Parents should have high expectations for their children and play a vital role in helping to make that happen. Participants will learn how to tie employment dreams to the educational program.


Break out session #2 (please pick one) 2:45 – 4:00


  • Guardianship: Pros and Cons -Participants will learn about guardianship, how it works, and alternatives to guardianship, including supported decision making.

  • Housing Options – Presenter will share information about various housing options to meet the needs of your family membe


Registration fees

Parent Closed

press "add another participant" at the bottom of the registration form to regiseter a couple for $15.00

  1. $10.00
    Sep 4 - Nov 6

Professional Closed

  1. $25.00
    Sep 4 - Nov 6

Youth Closed

  1. Free
    Sep 4 - Nov 6

Event Sponsers

Thank you to the fallowing agencies who also supported the conference:

To Find out more information about the collaborative organizations, check out their websites by clicking their logos below.

Event Schedule

  • November 14 8:00 AM EST - Registration

  • November 14 9:00 AM EST - Welcome

  • November 14 9:15 AM EST - Keynote Speakers Jane and Jesse Bell

  • November 14 10:00 AM EST - Break

  • November 14 10:15 AM EST - Panel discussion

  • November 14 11:45 AM EST - Break

  • November 14 12:00 PM EST - Lunch & Topical Tables of Discussion

  • November 14 1:00 PM EST - Break

  • November 14 1:15 PM EST - Breakout Session #1

  • November 14 2:30 PM EST - Break

  • November 14 2:45 PM EST - Breakout Session #2

Contact Information

Event Location

Jeff's Catering, Littlefield Road, Brewer, ME, United States

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