For Providers

Advocates For Children provides valuable resources and guidance to professionals working with children, parents, and caregivers. We can focus consultations, training or workshops on various topics including child abuse and neglect, child development and behaviors, parenting support, professional development opportunities, and community resources.

Infant Safe Sleep and Period of Purple Crying Training

60-minute training appropriate for any professional who supervises staff working with infants and direct care staff or anyone parenting or working with infants. Topics include:

  • Current Safe Sleep recommendations
  • Preventing Abusive Head Trauma (formerly referred to as Shaken Baby Syndrome)
  • Preventing Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)
  • Typical development and Infant Crying
  • Managing constant crying in infants
Mandated Reporter Training

A mandated reporter is someone who is legally required  to report suspected abuse or neglect of a child. You are mandated to file a report of suspected abuse or neglect of a child when:

  • Your occupation is included in the law
  • You become aware of the suspected abuse or neglect while you are acting in a professional or caregiving capacity
  • You have a reasonable cause to suspect that a child has been or is likely to be abused or neglected.

The Mandated Reporter Training is a 2-hour, state-approved training for anyone who cares for or works with children and families. Topics include:

  • The state’s focus regarding the responsibilities of mandated reporters
  • The types of abuse and risk factors
  • How to manage disclosures
  • How to make a report of suspected abuse

Contact us to schedule a training by emailing or by calling 783-3990.

For the complete Child and Family Services Child Protection Act, including which groups are Mandated Reporters see: Title 22 MRSA Chapter 1071  

As a mandated reporter if there is a suspicion of child abuse or neglect DHHS should be called and a report filed immediately. The intake number is 1-800-452-1999. This number is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week including holidays.

Strengthening Maine Families

This 1-hour training supports professionals who work with children and families. Rather than giving advice, this approach builds and enhances trusting relationships between providers and parents. Participants will learn more about how to:

  • Help parents be empowered as the experts on their own children
  • Listen openly to parent concerns and ideas
  • Work together with parents to find answers to questions and concerns about child development

Strengthening Maine Families  is grounded in the research that recognizes how children develop and has identified five protective factors that strengthen every growing family:

  1. Parental Resilience: taking care of self and learning to manage stress.
  2. Social Connections: creating natural parent supports.
  3. Knowledge of Parenting and Child Development: understanding leads to better parenting.
  4. Concrete Support in Times of Need: learning where to go when parents need help.
  5. Social and Emotional Competence of Children: helping children to communicate effectively and understanding how to support children’s development.

The Strengthening Maine Families training is recognized by Maine roads to Quality. 

Ongoing Trainings and Professional Development Opportunities

We regularly conduct training and in-services on the following topics:

  • Personal Body Safety
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Sexual Harassment
  • Risk Factors (ACEs), Protective Factors and Resiliency
Request Training

To request training for a group or your staff (including Infant Safe Sleep/ Period of Purple Crying,  Mandated Reporter Training, Nurturing Caregiving and Parenting, Strengthening Maine Families and general ongoing professional development), please call 783.3990 or email and provide the following information:

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Helpful Links

ACEs (Adverse Childhood Experiences)

Aces: Impact on brain development

ACEs in Maine via the Maine Resilience Building Network

Bruce Lipton: Best known for promoting the idea that genes and DNA can be manipulated by a person’s beliefs. 

Bullying Awareness Guidebook

Cerebral Palsy and Your Child

Child Abuse Reporting

Gabor Maté M.D.: Physician and best-selling author whose work focuses on understanding the broader context in human disease and disorders. 

Healthy Androscoggin seeks to build healthy communities and lifestyles by promoting five main goals: supporting tobacco-free lifestyles, preventing youth substance use, encouraging physical activity, promoting healthy eating, and preventing childhood lead poisoning.

Healthy Children is the only parenting website backed by 60,000 pediatricians committed to the attainment of optimal physical, mental, and social health and well-being for all infants, children, adolescents, and young adults. provides useful information and resources for healthy emotional/mental health, healthy lifestyles, children and families, and life over 50. 

KidsHealth – Nine Steps to more effective parenting

Literacy Development Video

Macaroni Kid Androscoggin is a free, weekly e-newsletter and accompanying website featuring family-friendly events happening in the community as well as articles of interest to parents. 

Maine Sexual Trafficking and Exploitation Network

Mandated Reporter Site assists anyone who is legally required to report suspected abuse or neglect of a child. 

National Center for Missing & Exploited Children

One Tough Job – an online resource for parents

Pine Tree Legal: Find free legal help for low-income Maine residents. 

Polaris Project

Positive Parenting Tips

Prevention. Action. Change. (PAC). 

School Nurse’s Guide to Child’s Health and Safety

Strengths in Focus 

Stop Bullying Now