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!

We need your help.

In celebration of the Teen Parent School's 40th anniversary, we want to reconnect with past students. If you were a Teen Parent School student, please fill out this short survey.

We're collecting basic information about our students over the past forty years so we are able to analyze data and trends moving forward, and continue to strengthen the program.

Questions? Please contact Angie Woodhead, Teen Parent School Program Director, at 207-873-4253 or awoodhead@mainechildrenshome.org.




Click here to take a look at the special insert that was included in the Kennebec Journal and Morning Sentinel on the Teen Parent School Program's 40th anniversary. 




Sharon Abrams

Sharon Abrams, executive director at the Maine Children's Home for Little Wanderers, will be retiring at the end of 2015. Click here to watch her presentation from the Leadership Unplugged seminar at Colby College on May 14, 2015.


After 40 years of incredible commitment and dedication, we wish her all the best. The Maine Children's Home for Little Wanderers would not be what it is today without her!

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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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