"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 & families include:

  • Support by phone at 1-800-264-9224 or 1-207-696-8375 if you're out of state
  • Monthly Support Groups
  • Workshops on topics related to emotional and behavioral health
  • 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!

Feel free to click through the site where you can find more information About Us, Our Staff,
Support Groups, Resources and much more.

Prepare for Children's Mental Health Awareness Week

Help raise awareness for children’s mental health and reduce stigma by participating in this year’s Children's Mental Health Awareness Week, May 4-10. G.E.A.R. Parent Network and its partners are offering free, downloadable Children's Mental Health Awareness materials to Mainers in advance of the event.

Download materials

Artwork by Liam Granucci, winner of this year's poster contest

Congratulations, G.E.A.R. Staff

G.E.A.R. Parent Network's entire staff is now certified as trainers in the evidence-based Nurturing Parenting Program.

G.E.A.R. Parent Network offers three surveys for caregivers of children with behavioral health concerns to identify their experiences and needs. Please take the surveys below to help us learn which supports would be most helpful to you.

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 we work with have been exposed to. This information will also help us provide future educational workshops, awareness and prevention of ACEs.