Our Council on Accreditation Hague-accredited adoption program is the longest-operating program of its kind in Maine.
The George J. & Mary S. Mitchell Adoption Unit is a comprehensive adoption agency, offering professional services and support to all members of the adoption triad, which includes adoptive parents, birth parents, and adoptees.
Adoption is a life-long commitment so we firmly believe in an educational process that allows you to make informed decisions. Our caring staff members are here to guide you through the entire process and to support you long after the adoption has taken place.
We host a free adoption informational meetings every month that is open to anyone interested in learning about whether adoption is an option for your family. Meetings are held every last Wednesday of the month at our Waterville office (93 Silver Street) at 6 p.m.
NOTE: Because of the current health crisis, our adoption informational meetings will be held virtually via Zoom on the last Wednesday of every month, if you are interested in attending our free informational meeting please complete this form.
- Domestic Adoption Program
- International Adoption Program
- Home Study Process
- Pregnancy & Birth Parent Support Services
- Post Adoption Services
- Search and Reunion Services
Support Our Adoption Program
In 2012, Juliese Y. Padgett wrote The Newest Flower; she was only seven. “Mommy, I want to sell this book and use this money to help orphans.” Her mother quickly realized that this book was not just for their family’s enjoyment, but instead, there was a bigger picture. And so, all profits from this book will go to the Adoption Program at The Maine Children's Home for Little Wanderers.
Author and adoptee Juliese describes a charming story about a simple flower garden that has discovered a new kind of flower. Though judged on how she looks, this flower chooses to accept her differences, gives others a second chance, and learns to forgive. According to Juliese, “This book was written to teach all children to love one another no matter what type of flower you are.”
National Adoption Awareness Month
In celebration of National Adoption Awareness Month in November 2016, Lindsay Bragdon, LSW, program director, adoption counselor and caseworker at The Maine Children’s Home, spoke about adoption in Maine on Townsquare Media radio stations.