About Us

aboutus 120x175The Strengthening Maine Families Project is led by the Maine Children's Trust in partnership with the Maine Early Childhood Initiative. It is overseen by a diverse Steering Committee composed of professionals and parents who care about Maine families.

This program was initiated by the Center for the Study of Social Policy funding from the Doris Duke Foundation. The project continues with generous funding from the Bingham Program of Maine.

The original project had 6 pilot sites who participated in self assessments and parent engagement training. Over hundred child care providers and other professionals involved in child welfare were trained.
The project coordinator is Amanda Lonsdale who has had many years experience working with both professionals and parents to promote parent involvement and leadership.

Steering Committee:
Jan Clarkin Maine Children's Trust
Sheryl Peavey Maine Early Childhood Initiative
Rita Fullerton Southern Kennebec Child Development Corp.
Lanelle Freeman Kennebec Valley Child Abuse Prevention Council
Renee Blanchet Franklin County Children's Task Force
Michel Lahti Univ. Of Southern Maine
Robert Pronovost Child Welfare Services Intake


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