Superheroes are Back in Action for 2022

You heard it here first, this year we are back in action for a gathered Superhero 5k on June 11 at Pineland Farms! Join us by becoming a superhero for individuals with special needs and super abilities. Runners, walkers, and strollers welcome, the course will follow Pineland’s beautiful wooded trails starting and ending in the main field off of Farm View Drive across from the Market. All registrants will receive a commemorative race t-shirt, adult registration is $25, kids ages 7-17 are $10, and kids under 7 are free! Pre-registration and fundraising pages are open now. Day of registration opens at 9am and the race begins at 10am. 

March is Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month

Each March we celebrate Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month by sharing information to help educate our community about Developmental Disabilities. Children, youth, and adults with developmental disabilities make up the majority of the 2,000 individuals and their families we serve each year. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, it is estimated that 1 in 6 children in the U.S. will be diagnosed with a developmental disability, developmental disabilities occur among all racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic groups. Developmental disabilities begin during the developmental period, may impact day-to-day functioning and typically last throughout a person’s lifetime. Developmental disabilities are a group of conditions that involve challenges in the areas of physical, learning, language, or behavior and include the diagnoses of ADHD, Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Hearing Loss, Intellectual Disability, Learning Disability, Visual Impairment, and Developmental Delays.

First Agency Blood Drive is a Success

In January, Woodfords partnered with our neighbors at GMS and hosted its first ever employee blood drive in recognition of National Blood Donor Month. Collectively, 23 donors donated 25 units of blood equal to 75 lives potentially saved by this blood drive. Thank you to all who organized and participated in this event! 

Awards, Grants, Of Note

  • The Town of Winslow awarded $500 to the agency’s programs that benefit Winslow residents in 2022.

  • Welcome to our new Board of Trustees member, Marietta Dyer, Parent Advocate. 
  • Hannaford Supermarkets in Westbrook recognized Woodfords as their Bloomin’ 4 Good beneficiary in February, thank you Hannaford!

Employee Spotlight: Recently Recognized Staff

Congratulations to the employees recently recognized as Employee of the Month in their programs. For more information about our Programs' Employees of the Month follow us on Facebook!

J.McLaughlin to Host Benefit Fundraiser

Save the Date April 9

For the second year in a row, J.McLaughlin in Wells will be hosting a benefit fundraiser for the agency on Saturday, April 9. A portion of store sales from that day will be donated to support our programs and services. Thank you J.McLaughlin for this generous opportunity! 

Upcoming Training Opportunities for Families

Advance registration is required for all trainings. Trainings will be held at Woodfords Trainings & Resource Center at 15 Saunders Way, Suite 700 unless noted. Class sizes are limited to ensure social distancing and classrooms are equipped with HEPS filters. For more information about trainings or to register contact, Maria Romano, Training Coordinator at 207-878-9663 x4131 or at

Understanding Trauma

Friday, May 6, 8:30a-11:30a

This training is free to families currently receiving services through Woodfords, for all other participants the course fee is $25 per session. This training will provide parents, foster parents, care providers and professionals with an understanding of trauma and its potential effects on children, as well as the coping strategies often used by children who have experienced trauma. Also discussed will be the importance of self-care, developing strategies for preventing burnout and secondary traumatic stress, as well as ways to build resilience in children and families.

Sexuality & Boundaries

Friday, Mary 6, 12:30p-3:30p

This training is free to families currently receiving services through Woodfords, for all other participants the course fee is $25 per session. Discussing sexuality and personal boundaries with children can be difficult for even the most confident parents. It can be even more challenging to have these conversations with children and adolescents with developmental disabilities. Because research shows that children with developmental disabilities are at a higher risk of being sexually abused or exploited, it is important that parents educate their children about their bodies, how to set personal boundaries and how to stay safe. This three-hour training will provide participants with some basic tools and language to facilitate healthy discussions and education around sexuality and boundaries.

Safety-Care for Families

Skills for Managing Challenging Behaviors

This training is free to families currently receiving services through Woodfords, for all other participants the course fee is $25 per session. This course provides parents, family members and caregivers with the skills, interventions and confidence needed to improve behavior and to prevent, minimize and manage potentially dangerous incidents. The Safety-Care for Families curriculum consists of four, three-hour sessions. Essential Skills are presented in a lecture format while Advanced Skills are trained in a small group for individualized instruction. Classes must be attended in order. 

Essential Skills Part I:

Fri 4/1 8:30a-11:30a

Essential Skills Part II:

Fri 4/1 12:30p-3:30p

Advanced Skills* Part I:

Fri 4/8 8:30a-11:30a

Advanced Skills* Part II:

Fri 4/8 12:30p-3:30p

*A Safety-Care for Families Referral Form signed by a Licensed Physician, Licensed Psychologist, Licensed Social Worker or Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) recommending participation in the Advanced Skills modules is needed prior to training. 

Woodfords Family Services is committed to the support and inclusion of people with special needs and their families in Maine communities.

Woodfords Family Services is accredited by the Council on Accreditation (COA), whose program of quality improvement is designed to identify providers that have met high performance standards and have made a commitment to their stakeholders to deliver the very best quality services.