Our Hague-accredited adoption program is the longest-operating program of its kind in Maine.
In celebration of National Adoption Awareness Month in November, Lindsay Bragdon, LSW, adoption counselor and caseworker at The Maine Children's Home, spoke about adoption in Maine on Townsquare Media radio stations. To listen to the recording, click here.
The Maine Children's Home has placed children in loving adoptive homes since 1899. We are a comprehensive adoption agency, offering professional services and support to all members of the adoption triad which includes adoptive parents, birth parents, and adoptees.
Since adoption is a life-long commitment, we firmly believe in an educational process that allows you to make informed decisions. The Maine Children's Home also believes in making a life-long commitment to the families it serves. Our caring staff members are here to guide you through the entire process and to support you long after the adoption has taken place.
Our experienced adoption staff is ready to help find the best program to meet your needs. Please fill out our inquiry form or call us today at (207) 873-6350 to learn more.
In order to be eligible to adopt in the State of Maine, you must be:
- A resident
- At least 21 years of age
- Married or have had a stable lifestyle for the past two years with an adequate support system
- In good health as documented in a medical exam
Some people ask if our agency is an orphanage. While our over 100-year history includes a period of time as an orphanage, there are no children living on our campus.
Today, our Hague-accredited adoption program is Maine's longest-operating adoption program, providing expert assistance to those hoping to adopt internationally or domestically.
- Domestic Infant Program (In State and Inter-State)
- International Program
- Private Home Studies
- Birth Parent Services
- Post Adoption Services
- Referral Services as needed
Portland Press Herald — June 17, 2012
Father's advice: 'Just be there. Just be open'
Being a dad has both brought him joy and forced him to face up to life's major challenges, says Derek Hayes of Sanford.
By Eric Russell, Staff Writer
Derek Hayes didn't think much about fatherhood when he was a younger man. He didn't think about much at all.
In his 20s, Hayes bounced between jobs, took direction from the wrong people and ran afoul of the law. He landed in jail for burglary in the mid-1990s and later violated his probation by driving drunk.
He was aimless and accountable only to himself, he said. At one point, his probation officer, Mike Roach, said to him, rather defiantly, "What do you want to be?"
Hayes had never thought about it.
"It kind of stuck with me that I need to make some positive choices," he said.
Fast forward a dozen years, and the 39-year-old Sanford man has an unmistakable identity: father.