Maine Childrens Home for Little Wanderers

Programs to build and strengthen families

aka Maine Children's Home   |   WATERVILLE, ME   |  www.mainechildrenshome.org

Mission

To build and strengthen families and their children, instilling hope for the future and a better quality of life.

Notes from the nonprofit

We believe every child, teen, and adult - individuals and families - yearn for and deserve to feel seen, heard, and valued, and be supported to reach their full potential. Since 1899, we have made a difference in the lives of thousands of infants, children, youth, and families throughout Maine, providing social work, counseling, case management, workshops, peer support groups, caregiver and provider trainings, and community supports. To ensure we are providing aid in the areas where it is needed most, the services we provide have continued to evolve with the changing needs of children and families. However, over the years, our purpose remains steadfast, as reflected in our mission: To build and strengthen families and their children, instilling hope for the future and a better quality of life. We serve many of Maine’s most vulnerable: single parents, families at or below the poverty level, people with limited resources or support, and people in crisis. Can we count on you to help?

Ruling year info

1963

Executive Director

Richard Dorian

Main address

93 SILVER ST

WATERVILLE, ME 04901 USA

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Formerly known as

The Maine Children's Home Society

EIN

01-0267392

NTEE code info

Adoption (P31)

Child Day Care (P33)

Family Counseling, Marriage Counseling (P46)

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Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Family Adoption Program at MCH

The Hague-Accredited Family Adoption Program at MCH (also recognized as the George J. & Mary S. Mitchell Adoption Unit) is a comprehensive adoption placement agency offering professional services and support to all members of the adoption triad: adoptive parents, birth parents, and adoptees. The program places children domestically in the State of Maine and supervises US domestic and international placements. The program also provides Search services and support throughout the Adoption process. MCH continues to be the only adoption provider in Maine that meets these standards for international adoption.

Population(s) Served
Families
Adults
Children and youth
Parents

Christmas Program provides a full range of support - Winter Holiday-time Essentials and Gifts for 1500+ children whose families are facing financial hardship. This program also provides information for parents about additional community resources and other supports provided by Maine Children’s Home.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Economically disadvantaged people
Family relationships

Family Counseling Center at MCH is licensed by the state of Maine as an outpatient mental health facility. Services include individual, couple, child, and family counseling.
Family Counseling Center at MCH specializes in outpatient counseling for children and families. In 2020, even with challenges created by COVID-19, we served 346 children, youth, and families via telehealth and, with safety precautions, in person, if needed. MCHLW counselors are trained in play therapy, trauma-informed modalities, Theraplay®, and Trust-Based Relationship Intervention (TBRI®). This program has been KEY for our community this year. Also known as the Harland A. Turner Family Counseling Center

Population(s) Served
Adults
Families
Parents
Children and youth
Sexual identity

YPEP at MCH (also known as the Sharon Abrams Teen Parent Education Program) is an alternative high school program for pregnant and parenting teens throughout the state of Maine. It provides prenatal and parenting instruction along with academic and life skills courses. It provides a supportive environment focusing on education and building skills addressing the needs of pregnant and parenting teens, not “only” as individuals – also supporting a cohesive family unit, including extended family members. Preparing students for life after school, incorporating a transition component as well as continuing “adulting” education.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents
At-risk youth
Adolescent parents
Children
Infants and toddlers

Reaching individuals throughout Maine with trauma-informed, trust-based focused workshops, trainings, and support groups – currently offered online. Offerings focus on parents and caregivers, professionals working with children living with trauma.
Connected Families Project at MCH offers classes, workshops, support groups, and resources such as videos and blogs to help parents, caregivers, kinship families, foster families, teachers, counselors, and other professionals working with children who are experiencing challenges due to the effects of trauma in their lives.

Population(s) Served
Caregivers
Families
Parents
Children and youth
Young adults

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

Hague-accredited by Council on Accreditation 2020

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

• Assure programs are relevant and innovative, meeting existing community needs and readily adapting as those needs change
• Maintain strong focus on Relationship Development and Community Engagement, building strong community support and involvement
• Continue building a professional staff of diverse, committed, educated, and involved individuals
• Build a Board that is diverse, representative, strong, well-oriented, and flexible
• Continue growing financial stability and maintain strong fiscal stewardship
• Expand service reach and delivery efficiently and effectively
• Continue Strategic Visioning which is an evolving, responsive process to current and emerging community needs

Top Strategies:
1. Trauma-Informed Care and Spaces, incorporating Belonging, Equity, Diversity, Justice, and Inclusion (B-EDJI)
2. Community & Stakeholder Communications and Engagement
3. Staff Engagement and Professional Development
4. Board Engagement and Professional Development
5. Build out programs in alignment with Financial Sustainability and Fiscal Responsibility

Why MCH?
Since the pandemic struck Maine in 2020, MCH has reconfigured training opportunities and delivery methods for programs through our Connected Families Project. We have also included this training and support as part of client participation in all of our programs. In 2021, our strong clinical and therapy staff was augmented by the addition of our new Clinical Director for MCH, a highly regarded clinician and leader who is well-versed and well-respected throughout our community educational systems for her work in trauma care for children and families.

• MCH has received several invitations from various school systems to provide staff training in addressing trauma (we have delivered trainings in Camden-Rockport and have been requested to present trainings for Bath, as well as working directly with schools in the Greater Waterville Area)

• Recently, a local school system requested our help in providing emergency clinical support following a traumatic event impacting the school.

• In September 2021, MCH hosted Emily Read Daniels, M.Ed., MBA, NCC, SEP™ in training, a well-respected national expert on the effects of trauma, to work with our staff and present a community education opportunity for other area providers.

• Our Clinical Director presented at the Attachment and Trauma Network’s Trauma-Informed Schools National Conference a national conference on Creating Trauma-Informed Schools (February 24 – 25, 2022) on the topic of “Building a Trauma-Informed Organization.” (https://www.attachmenttraumanetwork.org/conference/)

• We have recently been awarded three grants to provide support groups to youth in our community: Weyerhaeuser Family Foundation, Sadie and Harry Davis Foundation, and Maine Community Foundation.

• We are becoming recognized and respected for this work, and are prepared to take this work to the next level to meet these needs

Trainings on being a trauma-informed organization (TIO) with staff - with continued training in development
Providing training to local schools and youth-serving programs - staff and leadership
Providing training and supports to parents
Plans to present TIO training to Board and other volunteers
Plans in development for building trauma-informed spaces

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Paper surveys, Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Case management notes, Constituent (client or resident, etc.) advisory committees, Suggestion box/email,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board,

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection, Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time,

Financials

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Maine Childrens Home for Little Wanderers

Board of directors
as of 06/20/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Daniel Santos

Portland Regional Chamber of Commerce

Term: 2021 - 2022

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 6/20/2022

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