Connected Families Project

Connected Families Project

Connected Families Project

Offering powerful, accessible tools to help strengthen families

Connected Families Project at Maine Children’s Home (MCH) shares tools and skills with caregivers to help create nurturing and supportive environments for children from adverse and traumatic backgrounds. This initiative offers trainings, resources, and support groups to parents, caregivers, educators, families, professionals, and communities — especially those who work closely with children who are adopted or are in foster care.

The goals of Connected Families Project are to provide anyone who works with children a better understanding of the impact early childhood experiences have on the behavior and wellbeing of children, and to deepen connections between caregivers and their children.

Trainings and Services from Connected Families Project


The Research Behind Connected Families Project

Trust-Based Relational Intervention®

The techniques, theories, and skills shared by Connected Families Project are heavily influenced by Dr. Karyn Purvis and Dr. David Cross’s work in Trust-Based Relational Intervention® (TBRI®) at the Karyn Purvis Institute for Child Development at Texas Christian University. TBRI® is a way of caring for children that is based on seeing the need behind a child’s behavior, and responding to that need in ways that build trust, attachment, and connection.

Learn more about TBRI® here.


Training Schedule at Connected Families Project

July 2021

Trust-Based Relational Intervention® (TBRI®) Intro and Overview Sessions 

July 30 from 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. EST
Register Here

Connected Parenting Check-in Support Group (monthly)

July 29 at 8:30 p.m. EST


August 2021

TBRI® Correcting Principles - "Address fear-based behaviors"

August 2, 3, 9, and 10 from 8 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. EST
Register Here

Trust-Based Relational Intervention® (TBRI®) Intro and Overview Sessions 

August 27 from 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. EST
Register Here

TBRI® and Trauma Informed Classrooms

Date TBD

Connected Parenting Check-in Support Group (monthly)

August 26 at 8:30 p.m. EST

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Trainings at MCH are here


Contact Connected Families Project at MCH

For more information on Connected Families Project at MCH, please contact Lindsay Bragdon, Adoption Program Director at (207) 873-6350.



Support Connected Families Project

Donations to Connected Families Project provide specialized trauma-informed trainings to MCH staff and families.

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Connected Families Project Legacy

In 2021, MCH underwent a rebrand to improve the cohesion of the image of its programs under the MCH identity. During this process, The Connected Community at MCH was renamed Connected Families Project.


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