AUGUSTA (AP) — The Maine Department of Health and Human Services is warning of a shortage of foster and adoptive homes.

Commissioner Mary Mayhew is asking for help from the public to address the shortage of families willing to help children. She says the issue is most acute with teenagers, particularly those who’ve had behavioral problems or scrapes with the law.

In Maine, there are nearly 2,000 children in foster care. About 500 of those are seeking adoption while the goal for the rest is to be reunified with their families.

The state says there are more than 1,300 households licensed as foster homes, but some of them are empty because they don’t match with children and geography.

Does this sound like a good fit for you? Contact Foster Family Program Manager Linda Brissette at (207) 624-7964 or email [email protected]

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