Alexandra Lynds.

Adoptive and Foster Families of Maine - Old Town

Project Description

Strong/Gault Social Advancement Internship Grant Recipient

“Throughout my internship, I was challenged to step out of my comfort zone a bit and perform tasks of which I may not have originally felt capable.”

Working at a small non-profit exposed me to a vast variety of tasks and topics. My first major project was to read through DHHS case files and review them, to assess whether DHHS was following protocol on healthcare. The information I gathered was used to make a recommendation to DHHS. Another project I worked on was research about online support groups and theirs pros and cons, in order to help AFFM make an informed decision about whether or not to add an online support group to the services they offer. I also called many of the families AFFM supports to conduct a follow-up call, making sure each person was aware of local support groups that AFFM sponsors, asking if they would be interested in certain forms of support, and asking for ideas of ways AFFM could better support them in caring for foster children. Additionally, I attended and helped with many trainings, talks, and conferences that AFFM was involved in.

Project Details

  • Date September 1, 2013
  • Tags 2013, Healthcare, Social Service, Sophomore, Strong/Gault, USA
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