Child and Family Services

The Office of Child and Family Services (OCFS) supports Maine's children and their families by providing Children's Behavioral Health, Child Welfare, Early Childhood, and Community services. Visit our Programs and Services for a complete listing of services provided by OCFS

In 2012, a new organizational structure was announced within OCFS, in order to provide a more streamlined approach to what were formerly four divisions focused on OCFS Services: Child Welfare, Children's Behavioral Health, Early Childhood and Public Services Management.  The new structure includes four teams focused on Policy & Prevention, Intervention & Coordination of Care, Community Partnerships and Accountability & Information Services. This structure will maximize Maine's limited financial resources while ensuring that all families will have access to services equally regardless of which system they first encounter.

Service Areas of the Office of Child and Family Service:

Children's Behavioral Health Services - behavioral health treatment and services for children from birth up to their 21st birthday. OCFS provides information and assistance with referrals for children and youth with developmental disabilities/delays, intellectual disability (mental retardation), Autism Spectrum Disorders, and mental health disorders.

Child Welfare - seeks safety, well-being and permanent homes for children, working with professionalism and respecting the dignity of all families. Child abuse reports are investigated on behalf of Maine communities, working to keep children safe and to guide families in creating safe homes for children. 

Early Childhood Services - child care service and Head Start programs, coordination of child care licensing, technical assistance, training and employer incentives.

Community Parternership - provides integration of and oversight to Community, Residential, and Information Services.

2014 KIDS COUNT Data Book Now Available
Kids Count 2009

The Office of Child and Family Services is pleased to partner with the Annie E. Casey Foundation as a 2014 KIDS COUNT Outreach Partner. The 24rd annual KIDS COUNT Data Book calls for improvements to the nations ability to design and evaluate programs and policies aimed at the needs of children and families living in poverty. The 2014 KIDS COUNT Data Book is complemented by a new online and mobile-friendly Data Center ( that contains hundreds of measures of child well-being covering national, state, county, and city information. Visitors to the website can access customizable graphs and geographic profiles on education, economic well-being, the number of children in immigrant families, health, and many more topics.

See How Are Our Kids Doing? Opens in a new window - an interactive "widget" with Maine data.