New program seeks to aid families affected by addiction

Sep 14, 2017

Rockland — Mid-Coast Recovery Coalition has hired Rachel Smolenski, MS-P., as a case manager to lead its new Helping Families Succeed program.

Smolenski holds a master’s degree in psychology and a bachelor’s degree human services management, along with an associate's degree in early childhood education. She brings more than 20 years of experience working with individuals, families and children in supporting each to reach their full potential with the services and resources available.

At the heart of the Helping Families Succeed program will be a strong effort to gain the trust of families deeply mired in the consequences of drug addiction. Affected parents struggle with their own problems and lack the skills and resources to raise their family to be successful community members. As a result, many children endure neglect and trauma, when they deserve consistent love and support.

Smolenski has worked in numerous roles supporting families through the early childhood, social services and mental health systems.

She is currently the director and founder of The Diaper Fund, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit Charitiable Organizaiton that provides free cloth and disposable diapers and wipes to families who need them in the Midcoast.

While Maine has numerous agencies available to help families affected by addiction, statistics suggest that fewer than half will accept help, because of distrust of outsiders and of authority, particularly the government. Those with the greatest needs are commonly the least likely to get help. MCRC will seek to build a bridge to these services by first gaining the trust of these families and providing long-term support and hope.

MCRC will begin active outreach to families in need starting in October, but is currently accepting inquiries from other agencies or individuals about assisting families with infants and toddlers.

For more information, contact MCRC at 701-1182 or

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