Our Mission

Maine Children's Trust works to strengthen families, promote healthy relationships, and support communities to prevent child abuse and neglect.

Our Vision

All Maine children grow up in safe, stable, nurturing families and communities.

Maine Children's Trust envisions a world where all children thrive, and all people are treated with dignity and respect. We recognize that communities of color face disproportionate effects of adversity. The Maine Children's Trust commits to looking inward and outward to do our part toward eliminating systemic racism and discrimination. We believe Mainers want the best for all children. We all have a role to play in ensuring equity and eliminating the disparities that impact our children's futures.

Our Values

We believe:

  • That child abuse is preventable;
  • In fostering collaboration;
  • Our work must respect and engage differences;
  • We must be resource conscious.


Maine Children's Trust was originally created by Statute in 1985 as a part of State Government. In 1994, legislation was enacted that transformed the Trust into a 501(c)3 non-profit, governed by a Board of Directors and designated the Trust as a Maine income tax checkoff recipient. The Trust's governing guidelines remain in statute. The Trust provides leadership and coordination of efforts throughout Maine to prevent child abuse and neglect before it occurs. The Trust provides funding and supports for prevention programming, as well as coordinates several statewide collaborative initiatives to strengthen families and prevent child abuse and neglect.

    • Office of the Administration for Children & Families Community-Based Child Abuse Prevention | State Lead
    • Parents as Teachers | State Office
    • Brazelton Touchpoints Site | Maine Touchpoints Project
    • Circle of Parents | State Chapter
    • National Alliance of Children's Trust and Prevention Funds | Network Affiliate
    • Prevent Child Abuse America | State Chapter
    • National Family Support Network Affiliate | State Network Lead
    • Strengthening Families | State Lead
    • Association of State and Tribal Home Visiting Initiatives