AUGUSTA, Maine (WMTW) – April is Child Abuse Prevention Month and the Maine Department of Health and Human Services is launching new resources to help keep children and families safe.
“There is no higher priority for the Department and for the people of Maine than protecting children,” said Health and Human Services Commissioner Jeanne Lambew and Director of the Office of Human Services. Childhood and Family (OCFS) Todd Landry. “Together, we can work to prevent child maltreatment by strengthening programs and resources that support healthy and thriving families.”
The State has just launched Getting to Maine, an online guide to family-friendly programs and resources to connect them to services and resources. The website includes information about meeting basic needs, such as nutrition and childcare, as well as domestic violence support, mental health and addictions resources, and other programs, completing Maine’s 211 directory.
The Office of Child and Family Services is also piloting a new online portal for certain mandated reporters to submit reports of alleged child abuse and neglect. The portal is only available to categories of mandated journalists who are authorized by law to make non-emergency reports electronically: healthcare professionals, hospitals and hospital staff, school staff and the military. of the order. The plan is to extend the tool to all mandated registrants in the future.
Anyone in Maine, including mandated reporters, can always call the 24-hour child protection hotline at 1-800-452-1999 to report suspected cases of abuse or of negligence.
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