Welcome to the Maine Children’s Home for Little Wanderers

At the Maine Children’s Home for Little Wanderers, we believe every child deserves the right to reach his or her full potential. Since the inception of our agency in 1899, we have made a difference in the lives of many children and families throughout the State of Maine.

The Maine Children’s Home is a very special place. Couples eager to add to their families come to us for our extensive international and domestic adoption experience. Parents entrust our early care and education facility with the nurturing of their children. Teen parents count on us to provide positive mentoring and the practical life skills they need to become good parents. Youth, families, and individuals come to the Maine Children’s Home for compassionate counseling services in a nurturing environment.

During the holidays the Christmas Program is in full swing. As community members drop off warm clothing and toys, more than 300 volunteers bustle to get gifts sorted and packed by the holidays, ensuring more than 1,600 needy children in Maine will have something special under their tree. In summer, approximately 150 underprivileged boys and girls get to experience summer camp thanks to our scholarship program.

We invite you to learn more about us and welcome you to become part of our growing family! Contact us today!

The Maine Children’s Home Announces New Executive Director

Richard Dorian, a unanimous selection based on his experience and proven leadership

Richard Dorian, new executive director of the Maine Children's Home for Little WanderersWATERVILLE, Maine — On November 10, The Maine Children’s Home for Little Wanderers announced that after a thorough nationwide search and selection process, Richard Dorian will serve as the nonprofit’s new executive director starting on January 1, 2016.

Dorian has extensive experience and credentials that made him a unanimous choice to lead one of Maine’s oldest nonprofit agencies. His nonprofit background includes 27 years of leadership and management experience, including 15 years as executive director at LEAP (Life Enrichment Advancing People). He also has an extensive background in community relations, strategic planning, development and fundraising.

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Our Hague-accredited adoption program, Maine's longest-operating adoption program, provides expert assistance to those hoping to adopt internationally or domestically. more »

The Harland A. Turner Counseling Center

Offering outpatient mental health counseling, specializing in play and art therapy and adoption counseling. more »

Adoption Counseling

Specialized counseling for people considering adoption as well as adoptive parents, birth parents, and adoptees of all ages. more »

The Teen Parent School Program

Providing education, counseling and guidance to pregnant and parenting teens. more »

The Children's Place

Delivering early care and education to children 6 weeks old to age 5. more »

The Christmas Program

The only program of its kind providing new clothing, books, games and toys to underprivileged children throughout Maine. more »

Summer Camp Scholarships

Providing an overnight camp experience to approximately 150 disadvantaged Maine children each year.more »

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