Press Release

For Immediate Release
June 9, 2015


The Maine Children's Home releases video to help find former teen parents

One of the country's longest-running teen parent schools
to host 40th anniversary and collect data

WATERVILLE, Maine - The Teen Parent School Program (TPSP) at The Maine Children's Home for Little Wanderers is asking for the public's help to find former teen parents as the nonprofit looks to gather information and statistics about the program's success. Later this month, the organization will host a 40-year reunion for current and former students, teachers and staff.

In many cases, the former students have relocated or have a different last name. To date, the organization has made contact with fewer than 100 former teen parents of the more than 1,000 students that have attended during the past 40 years.

The organization released a video today showcasing the program and asking for the public's help to share the video. The nonprofit is asking viewers to contact anyone who was a teen parent in the program or who knows a person that was in the program to contact The Maine Children's Home so they can invite the student back to Maine for the event.

To share the video, individuals, organizations and media across the country can use the URL www.mainechildrenshome.org/tpsp-video.

The 40th anniversary reunion event for the Teen Parent School Program at The Maine Children's Home for Little Wanderers will take place on June 27 from 2-4 p.m. at the Bibby Alfond Campus at 93 Silver Street in Waterville. The event is for all former teen parent school students from The Maine Children's Home Teen Parent School Program.

At the event, the organization will collect research and data that will be used to validate the programs long-standing history of success and ensure funding for the programs future. Any past students who are unable to attend can still help provide information by calling The Maine Children's Home office in Waterville.

"We knew it was going to be a challenge to reconnect with all our students, especially those who are now are middle-aged or older, and in some cases now have grandchildren. We have records on our students from the past 40 years, but many of them have married and changed their last name or relocated three or four times, making it difficult to find them. We're asking families and the media to help spread the word as much as we can, so future generations can benefit from the research and success of the program. We feel strongly if we can show the incredible value of our program we can continue to develop strong young parents and ensure the positive development of their children," said Sharon Abrams, executive director of The Maine Children's Home for Little Wanderers.

"The goal of this event is to reunite with our former students and collect data to document the success of the program and ensure we continue to provide the best care and education for teen parents across the state," added Abrams.

In addition to the video released today featuring Sharon Abrams, executive director of The Maine Children's Home for Little Wanderers, the organization has made an effort during the past year to connect with former students in Maine and across the globe using social media. The outreach has also included advertising, direct mail, electronic communications including email and their monthly e-newsletter.

Any former students that would like to help provide information and data to the organization for the Teen Parent School Program are asked to call 207-873-4253 or email awolman@mainechildrenshome.org.

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Editor's Note: Click on the link below to download the .MP4 version of the video file (2:43).

Download the original .MP4 file of the video from Sharon Abrams

About The Maine Children's Home for Little Wanderers: The Maine Children's Home for Little Wanderers features a full Hague-accredited adoption program that provides assistance to families hoping to adopt internationally or domestically. The Maine Children's Home, founded in 1899, gives children and Maine families hope for the future and a chance at a better life. In addition to the adoption program, the agency offers outpatient counseling, targeted case management for children, the Teen Parent School Program, The Children's Place Early Care and Education Center, a summer camp scholarship program, and a Christmas Program that provides clothing and toys to underprivileged Maine children. To learn more, visit www.mainechildrenshome.org.

Media contact:
Greg Glynn
Nancy Marshall Communications
207-620-9076
gglynn@marshallpr.com


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