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April 2016

Greetings!

April has been a very dynamic and full month. We took time to recognize that April is Child Abuse Prevention month across the country. This is a time when we consider the impacts of child abuse in our communities and work hard to prevent child abuse before it begins.

Our agency works in partnership with many caring agencies on a daily basis to support children and families. At the same time, children are some of the most vulnerable members of our society. They rely on the nurturing care of their families and communities to meet their needs. Last year in Maine, more than 3,200 children were victims of child abuse and neglect, and of those, approximately 500 victims were babies less than 1 year old.

Children require safe, nurturing environments, free from abuse and neglect, where they can learn, grow and build strong attachments with caregivers and communities. Strong, healthy communities and families help to maximize children's potential by promoting healthy social, mental, emotional and physical development.

The Maine Children's Home for Little Wanderers offers a significant array of caring supports and services for more than 200 children, youth and families every month. Our supports help to develop tools and resources to assist Maine children to have the good things in life we wish for in all of our families, through early care and education, counseling and targeted case management, teen parent school education, adoptions, Summer Camp Scholarships and the Christmas Program.

We're kicking the Summer Camp Scholarship Program into high gear. This year, we are increasing our goal to send at least 130 children to camp. If you'd like to help, please give me a call at 873-4253. We've even started a Go Fund Me Page. Stay tuned for news on fundraising for this important program.

Keep reading to learn more about two upcoming events, and the recent coverage The Maine Children's Home has received for The Children's Place Early Care & Education Center's national accreditation and a clothing and toy drive organized by the students of University of Maine at Augusta in Bangor.

We are so grateful for the many supporters who do so much to assist us and the children and families we serve. It has been very gratifying to see the response for special requests, most especially the great efforts this month by UMA atudents in Bangor to give our Christmas Program an early boost.

In sincere appreciation,

 
Richard Dorian, Executive Director

Sold Out Wine Tasting Fundraiser

On Thursday, April 14, The Maine Children's Home hosted the annual wine tasting fundraiser at T&B's Celebration Center in Waterville. It was a sold out event!

More than 215 attendees joined Bob Roy from Pine State Trading to sample red and white wines, participate in a lively silent auction, and mingle with other proud supporters of The Maine Children's Home. All attendees took home two beautiful Riedel wine glasses.

Thank you to those who packed the house, our sponsors, and Bob Roy for the great wine tour.

In the News

Read about The Children's Place Early Care and Education Center earning accreditation from the National Association for the Education of Young Children in Central Maine Newspapers here.

Students at The University of Maine at Augusta in Bangor are helping to support The Maine Children's Home's Christmas Program with a new clothing and toy drive. Each year, the program provides clothing and toys for more than 1,700 children, making the program a year-long effort. The students also started a GoFundMe page dedicated to the program!

If you'd like to contribute to the drive, the drop-off locations include the school's campus, the Bangor mall and YMCA in Old Town. To see a list of donation needs, click here.

We really appreciate these students and their efforts. Thank you!

Read more about the clothing and toy drive from Fox 22/ABC 7. 


Upcoming Events

Hannaford Shopping Bag Fundraiser
Starting May 1
Hannaford, 140 Elm Plaza, Waterville

Hannaford Shopping Bag Fundraiser

Dining for Dollars at Mainely Brews
Wednesday, May 4
Mainely Brews, Waterville

Friends' Annual Yard Sale
Saturday, June 4
The Maine Children's Home campus, Waterville

The Friends organization at The Maine Children's Home is now accepting gently used furniture for the annual yard sale to benefit the Summer Camp Scholarship Program.

Please call 872-0261 to make arrangements to deliver your donations. Please Note: We do not accept used adult clothing, stuffed animals or any items requiring a disposal fee such as mattresses, large electronics, etc.

As always, thank you for your contributions!

Concert with Big E (Eric Lunt) and Friends
Saturday, June 4 - 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
The Maine Children's Home campus, Winkin Auditorium in Lunder Hall

All proceeds of the concert will benefit The Maine Children's Home's programs and services. Tickets are $10 per person, and there will be a 50/50 drawing and refreshments from The Friends group. Please call 872-0261 for more information.

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Adoption

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 Sharon Abrams Teen Parent School Program

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

The Children's Place

Delivering nationally accredited 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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