Child Welfare

Child and Family Services joins with families and the community to promote long-term safety, well-being, and permanent families for children.

In July 2019, Maine's Office of Child and Family Services partnered with Casey Family Programs to map the major initiatives and strategies currently underway in Maine. This mapping was designed to help executive leadership and regional staff evaluate which strategies were working to produce outcomes and areas where duplication of effort or inefficiencies might exist. As a result of this work, the Office of Child and Family Services streamlined the approach and prioritized strategies as shown below in the strategic framework. OCFS thanks staff, stakeholders, and families who contributed to the development of the framework.

OCFS focus, strategy, and initiative map OCFS focus, strategy, and initiative map

As required by LD 821, this report provides an analysis to the Legislature recommending child welfare staffing levels to ensure appropriate caseloads. While it does not represent a policy proposal or funding request from the Department, the analysis will continue to inform our improvements to the child welfare system. We remain committed to building the system’s capacity at a pace that allows us to train and mentor new staff appropriately and support our existing staff in best meeting the needs of Maine children and families. We thank Governor Mills for her ongoing commitment to our child protective staff.

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Child Welfare Caseload and Workload Analysis
January 31, 2020