Child and Family Services - Prevention



Prevention Services Vision:

OCFS prevention services seek to promote the health, well-being, and safety of children and families by reducing the risk and effects of adverse childhood experiences (such as neglect, trauma, or exposure to violence). Administering best practice services that create a community of caring for intergenerational members focused on increasing protective factors such as; health, education and safety promotion, parenting education, social connections and family strengthening supports.

Goals:

Increase resources for family resilience
Reduce incidences of child maltreatment
Stronger access to concrete supports such as housing, transportation and nutrition
Improved parenting skills

Prevention Resources

211 Get Help

When a woman is pregnant and uses drugs, so does her unborn baby. Pregnant women who are using drugs can give their baby the best start to life by beginning treatment. Getting help is a sign of strength. The help line helps women find treatment options in their area.

Maine Children’s Trust

Maine Children's Trust's mission is to prevent the abuse and neglect of all of Maine's Children

Child Abuse & Neglect Prevention Councils

There are 10 Child Abuse and Neglect (CAN) Prevention Councils in Maine. Each is a local resource for parenting information, education and support.

Child Welfare Panels

The three Child Welfare Panels are tasked to evaluate and strengthen Maine's child protective services system, with the goals of recognizing child abuse or neglect cases at the first warning signs and handling such cases with minimal additional trauma to the child victim(s).

Community Partnerships for Protecting Children (CPPC)

The Community Partnership approach starts with the premise that children’s safety depends on strong families, and strong families depend on connections with a broad range of people and organizations. No single factor is responsible for child abuse and neglect, and therefore no one public agency alone can safeguard children.

Maine Child Abuse Data

Data is used to assess trends, identify program goals and measure outcomes, as well as to analyze risk and protective factors that exist where the issue is most prevalent.

Maine Ingestion Data

Data is used to assess trends, identify program goals and measure outcomes, as well as to analyze risk and protective factors that exist where the issue is most prevalent.

The Maine Office of Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services and the Maine Office of Child and Family Services’ combined efforts with funding from the Maine Infant Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) grant to develop a full range of programs to prevent and serve those with an FASD as well as drug affected/exposed infants. 

Maine Families

Maine Families understands that all parents want the best for their babies. Our caring and professional home visitors partner with parents and parents-to-be to access the information and resources that can support the physical and emotional health of their baby and entire family.