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.
G.E.A.R. provides an opportunity for parents to support each other and work together, family to family. We empower parents by helping them build on the identified strengths in their families and by providing safe and supportive avenues for emotional support and problem solving.
G.E.A.R. believes in a family-driven system of care that helps children, youth and families function better at home, in school, in the community and throughout life. We want you to know that you are not alone.
If you are a parent of a child with emotional/behavioral concerns, you are aware that there is much to learn and to manage on behalf of your child and your entire family. The G.E.A.R. Parent Network is here to help.
The G.E.A.R. Parent Network was started by Charlene Milliken, a parent and foster parent who recognized the need for positive help and support for parents coping with the demands of caring for children with special needs. The G.E.A.R. Parent Network began in 1987 with a membership of just one: Charlene Milliken.
Our Mission Statement:
G.E.A.R. empowers parents of children with emotional and behavioral health needs to effect life decisions based on their family’s individual strengths and needs by providing safe and supportive avenues for: emotional support, problem solving, sharing common experiences, seeking knowledge about community resources and advocacy, identifying the strengths and needs of their child/children and families and accessing information/education related to children’s issues. G.E.A.R. believes in a system of care that helps children, youth and families function better at home, in school, in the community and throughout life.
- Community-based, family-focused, culturally competent systems of care.
- Full family and child participation in planning and delivery of services.
- A family-friendly system of accountability based on positive outcomes.
- We value our partners in advocacy.
- We value the expertise a family offers.
- The opportunity to collaborate.
- Professional research and public education.
- The opportunity to make a difference for families and children by improving their quality of life.
10 Caldwell Road
Augusta, Maine 04330