Families CAN!

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Phone: (207) 442-7963
Email: mmcainfo@mmcacorp.org

Families CAN! offers enrichment opportunities to parents, caregivers and educators about topics affecting families with children from birth through the teen years.

 Families CAN!

Families CAN! uses award-winning, evidence-based programs, providing enrichment opportunities to parents, caregivers and educators about topics affecting families with children from birth through the teen years.


Enrichment Workshops are open to all parents and caregivers at no cost.

Professional trainings are available on request at no cost.

Parent & Caregiver Enrichment Workshops

Our enrichment programs are designed to offer parents and other caregivers information, strategies and resources that can help them build a strong foundation for a safe and happy family.

Enrolling Now for 2021: 

Active Parenting: Children Ages 5-12 - 3 week program
Tuesday April 27, May 4, and May 11 from 9:00 - 11:00 am

Active parenting will give you the skills to achieve a fuller, more satisfying family life, and to help your children achieve greater happiness and success. This workshop is geared toward parents with children 5 - 12 years old and will show you effective ways to:

  • Use positive discipline that works
  • Open up lines of communication
  • Defuse power struggles with your children
  • Build closer relationships through family fun

This is a free program offered to families in Sagadahoc, Knox, and Waldo Counties. The workshop is held over Zoom.

For more information and to register, contact Helen Rogers: 207-844-1285 or helen.rogers@mmcacorp.org.

Parenting Apart: Effective Co-Parenting - 2 week program
Wednesday April 21 & 28 from 6:00 - 8:00 pm

This is a video and discussion-based seminar that provides guidance for a successful journey through separation or divorce for both you and your child. It will help you become aware of how your actions affect your child while providing you with the skills to maintain a child-focused relationship with your co-parent.

You'll learn five steps to:

  • Keep your child out of the middle
  • Allow your child to love both parents
  • Work on your own recovery
  • Develop new communication skills
  • Create a positive new relationship as co-parents

This is a free program over Zoom. For more information and to register, contact Dawn Flagg: 207-442-7963, ext. 230 or dawn.flagg@mmcacorp.org.

The Front Porch Project - 4 hours

The Front Porch Project® training for community members addresses why people do (and don’t) get involved and provides strategies on how to help by stepping in and supporting families. Specifically, this training teaches you to:

  • Increase your awareness of importance of prevention in helping to protect children and support families.
  • Identify when and how to get involved in situations involving a child.
  • Increase your comfort level with stepping in during those situations.
  • Identify and develop comfort with a range of parenting approaches.
  • Think of possible responses, interventions and problem-solving strategies.

By attending this training, you are joining a community of Mainers committed to help prevent future tragedies from occurring to any more of our children. The training is free, available online and available to anyone in the state.

Other Free Parent Enrichment/Professional Trainings:

Infant Safe Sleep & Period of PURPLE Crying Training – 2 hours

These national initiatives focus on preventing Shaken Baby Syndrome and promoting a safe sleeping environment for infants. Get the most up-to-date information that promotes infant safety, and gain a new way of understanding the normal period of crying during a healthy baby's first year of life.

Protective Factors for Families – 2 hours

This program supports professionals who provide services to families. Identify ways in which your organization is already supporting the development of protective factors in families, and consider how you can increase capacity to build protective factors. Protective Factors are conditions in families, communities, and organizations that, when present, increase the health and well-being of children and families.

The Role of Life Experiences in Raising Healthy & Thriving Children & Communities – 1 or 2 hours

This introduction to the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Study looks at what adverse childhood experiences look like in Maine; the impact of toxic stress on healthy brain development; what are Adverse Community Environments and their impact on adverse childhood experiences; as we; as what ACEs look like, sound, and feel like for those impacted; and how to build resilience for healthy and thriving children and communities. To schedule, contact the Maine Resilience Building Network (MRBN).

Families CAN! is supported by the Maine Children's Trust, a statewide nonprofit organization whose mission is to prevent child abuse and neglect.