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Portland Family Health Resources

Southern Maine has many free and low-cost resources to help children and families stay healthy. Here is some information about those trusted resources.

Crisis and Support Lines

Practical Support for Families

Birth and Early Parenthood

Childcare and Educational Support

Divorce and Separation Support


Crisis and Support Lines

Crisis Lines

Crisis TEXT line | 741741
Cumberland County Crisis Line | 207-774-4357 | Chat
Maine Mental Health Crisis Hotline | 1-888-568-1112
7 Cups of Tea

Sexual Assault and Trafficking Support

BeFree Textline | text INFO or HELP to 233733
Through These Doors Hotline | 1-800-537-6066
Maine Sexual Assault Helpline | 1-800-871-7741
National Human Trafficking Hotline | 1-888-373-7888 | chat
RAINN | 800-656-4673 | chat

LGBTQ+ Support

Trans Lifeline | 1-877-565-8860
The Trevor Project | 1-866-488-7386 | text START to 678678 | chat

Practical Support for Families

211 Maine | 211 or 1-866-811-5695 | text your zip code to 898-211 |

211 is available 24 hours a day/7 days a week to provide information and connect Mainers to local programs and services.

Michael Klahr Jewish Family Services | 207-772-1959 |

The Jewish Community Association (JCA) operates a food pantry and diaper bank. The pantry and diaper bank are open Tuesdays and Thursdays by appointment, and serves those from Cumberland and York Counties. To make an appointment, call or email the JCA. (The food pantry now distributes menstrual hygiene products and adult incontinence products.)

Mom to Mom of Maine |

Mom to Mom of Maine is a volunteer-run organization providing mutual support for mothers.

Opportunity Alliance | 207-523-5049

Opportunity Alliance manages a number of programs for families and children in Maine. Support includes family reunification, General Assistance and WIC applications and parenting education.

WIC Nutrition Program | 207-287-3991 or 1-800-437-9300 |

WIC participants receive checks or vouchers to purchase specific foods each month. Find out if you are eligible.

Birth and Early Parenthood

Birth Roots | 207-772-4784 |

Birth Roots offers classes and support groups for expectant and new parents. They also develop an annual resource guide for parents.

Community Doula Birth Program | 207-332-1570 |

Community Doula offers birth and postpartum support. They help prepare the family for the birth, stay for the duration of the labor, and assist with the postpartum adjustment. Community Doula offers their services on a sliding scale, and they provide services to MaineCare recipients.

Maine Families | 207-553-5801

Maine Families offers voluntary in-home parent education and family support for first-time expectant parents and families with children through five years of age.

Portland Doula Collaborative | 855-368-5220 |

Portland Doula Collaborative provides support for families before, during, and after birth. They also offer classes and breastfeeding support.

Childcare and Educational Support

Maine Office of Child and Family Services | 207-624-7909 |

A source of information for parents, child care providers, early childhood educators, and others interested in the health and development of young children and their families. Find information and resources concerning choosing childcare, childcare subsidies, and Head Start.

Woodfords Family Service | 207-878-9663

Woodfords provides one-on-one support to children with intellectual disabilities and developmental delays. A Behavioral Health Professional (BHP) works with the child in their home and/or community on specific goals to increase their skills in behavior management, communication, independent living, self-care, self-help and socialization.

Divorce and Separation Support

Kids First | 207-761-2709 |

Kids First provides support for parents and children to learn about separation and divorce and how to manage challenges in healthy and positive ways.

Maine Association of Mediators | 877-265-9712 |

Find a local practitioner to assist with mediation of a divorce or separation.

For more information, review our list of additional community resources.