The Red Stocking Fund — Our Annual Appeal

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Your donation helps Maine's most vulnerable

For nearly 122 years, Maine Children’s Home (MCH) has been dedicated to our state’s most vulnerable:

  • Children coping with trauma from adverse experiences
  • Pregnant and parenting teens who need community and guidance
  • Families seeking to grow through adoption
  • Parents facing financial challenges during the holidays

More than 3,000 children and families receive help each year through our adoption, counseling, teen parent support, and Christmas assistance programs.

We are proud of our staff’s ability to adapt during the pandemic — especially as there is increasing demand for our trauma-informed family services. But we are still facing the financial challenges presented by the economic and social conditions triggered in 2020.

The important work of our social workers and counselors would be impossible without caring contributors, like you.


Change lives for the better by making a donation to our Red Stocking Fund annual appeal today!

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About the programs your donation will support

Our Family Adoption Program at MCH

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. Family Adoption Program at MCH is also known as the George J. & Mary S. Mitchell Adoption Unit.

Our Teen Parent Program at MCH

In our teen-parent program, your gift will help provide education, counseling, support, and guidance to pregnant and parenting teens. Teen Parent Program at MCH is also known as the Sharon Abrams Teen Parent School Program.

Our Christmas Program at MCH

In our Christmas Program, your contribution will help us purchase winter essentials and toys for the more than 1,500 kids our Christmas Program serves in Maine each year.

Our Family Counseling Center at MCH

In our counseling program, your donation will support our outpatient mental health counseling, specializing in play and art therapy, and adoption counseling. Family Counseling Center at MCH is also known as the Harland A. Turner Counseling Center.

Our Connected Families Project at MCH

In our Connected Families Project, your donation funds the caregiver resources, support groups, and specialized training behind family and community education and counseling that focus on helping children from challenging and traumatic backgrounds. Connected Families Project at MCH is formerly known as the Connected Community


Thank you for your generous support of the Maine Children’s Home.

This information does not constitute legal or financial advice. Consult your financial advisor and obtain professional counsel of an attorney to assist you in making a gift in a way that will benefit the people and organizations you care most about.


The History of the Red Stocking Fund

The 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.