The Red Stocking Fund

Appealing for support for Maine children & families

Child holding their drawing of home

The Russells adopted Harry in 2020What does home mean to you?

At the Maine Children’s Home for Little Wanderers, our definition of home has evolved over the past 121 years. Although we started as a physical safe home for orphaned children in 1899, today, the Maine Children’s Home is a figurative home of essential services that help children, parents, and families gain the tools and encouragement they need to be happier, healthier, and safer in their homes. Hundreds of Maine families benefit from the essential services we provide — counseling, adoption services, teen parent education and support, parent training and mentoring, summer camp resources and the Christmas Program. We believe ALL children and families deserve and need homes of love, meaningful connection, and stability.

In the time of COVID-19, the demand for home support has been more urgent than ever. This is why we are asking you to please contribute to the Red Stocking Fund of the Maine Children’s Home today. Together, we need to raise $100,000 by December 31, 2020 to help the Maine Children’s Home survive and thrive from this moment in history.

Please make a donation today!

One Time Donation

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Recurring Donation



About the programs your donation will support

Our George J. & Mary S. Mitchell Adoption Unit

In our adoption program, your donation will help support individuals and families who are facing the financial costs of pregnancy and birth-parent counseling; who are searching to be reunited with their family members; or who are moving forward with a domestic or international adoption.

Our Sharon Abrams Teen Parent School Program

In our teen-parent program, your gift will help provide education, counseling, support, and guidance to pregnant and parenting teens.

Our Christmas Program

In our Christmas Program, your contribution will help us purchase winter essentials and toys for the more than 1,700 kids our Christmas Program served in Maine each year.

Our Harland A. Turner Counseling Center

In our counseling program, your donation will support our outpatient mental health counseling, specializing in play and art therapy, and adoption counseling.


What your donation can do

$10 provides a family a copy of either Connected Child, Connected Parent, or Parenting with Theraplay®.

$30 pays for training in Trust-Based Relational Intervention® (TBRI) for a parent raising their adopted or foster child.

$75 pays for one hour of individual or family counseling for those who have no means of payment but need counseling.

$100 can help a teen parent access childcare and other resources for themselves and their children.

$160  pays a full course fee for a parent to attend all eight sessions of a Making Sense of Your Worth Group.

$500 - $1,000 sends a counselor or an adoption staff person to TBRI® Family or Making Sense of Your Worth training.

$2,500 provides a Play Therapy week of training for counseling staff to better serve children and families.

$5,000 pays for the counseling of individuals and families who struggle with high deductibles, copays, or loss of insurance.

$6,000 provides summer programming for the Teen Parent School Program. 

$7,500 sends a staff person to TBRI® Practitioner training.

$10,000 brings the Theraplay Institute to the Maine Children’s Home campus.

$25,000 pays for space on the Maine Children’s Home campus for providing families with supplies and services.

$35,000 provides a TBRI Family Boot Camp experience for children and families who are built from adoption or foster care.


The History of the Red Stocking Fund

Red Stocking Annual AppealThe Maine Children’s Home’s annual fundraiser is named after the Red Stocking — a 121-year-old symbol of help and hope for thousands of Maine families and their children.

Around the turn of the 20th century, many Children’s Home Societies across the U.S. began using a red stocking as the symbol of need and giving during the holiday season. Children would make little red paper stockings and collect pennies to help the orphans. Today, we carry on this spirit of giving through our own Little Red Stocking campaign, a tradition that is nearly as old as The Maine Children’s Home itself. In the fall, we send out a Red Stocking appeal to our loyal supporters which helps us in all of our programs to build and strengthen families throughout the state of Maine.

For more information on how you or your business could help the children and families supported by Maine Children's Home programs, please contact the Development Department at 207-873-4253 (extension 217) between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, or email Director of Development Elizabeth Barron.