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,
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