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Child Abuse and Neglect in Maine: DHHS Substantiation and Indication

About DHHS and Child Abuse and Neglect DHHS Child Protective Services investigates reports of child abuse. There are 5 different things that DHHS can do: Nothing. DHHS finds there was no abuse. DHHS finds there was no abuse but that you need help with your parenting. You could be referred to social service agencies for help. DHHS could work on a safety plan with you. DHHS “indicates” you for abuse. This is for low to moderate abuse. more...

Lo que adultos interesados pueden hacer para proteger un niño en peligro

Usted puede presentar una petición de tres personas (también llamado una Petición a tres) en la Corte de Distrito. Bajo las leyes de Maine de protección infantil, tres o más personas pueden presentar una petición de protección del niño, pidiendo a la Corte que ordene DHHS o de un tercero, como un familiar para tomar la custodia y proveer servicios a un joven. more...

Maine Child Protection: What does DHHS do when they get a complaint of child abuse?

This guide is the first in a series about what happens when DHHS gets involved with families. This guide covers the very first steps in the Maine Child Protection process - our other guides cover later parts of this process. If you are in a situation where DHHS is becoming involved with your family, start here. Why has DHHS contacted me? DHHS has gotten a report about possible abuse or neglect to your child. Maine law defines child abuse and neglect. Abuse can more...

Maine Child Protection: What happens when DHHS investigates a household?

This is the second part of our guide to Child Protection proceedings in Maine. It covers what can happen when DHHS investigates a household because they believe that a child may be at risk of being harmed. For more information of what happens when DHHS is first called, read the first part of this guide: Maine Child Protection: What does DHHS do when they get a complaint of child abuse? more...

Que peuvent faire des adultes soucieux pour protéger un enfant en situation de danger

Vous pouvez déposer une pétition a trois personnes (également appelé pétition a trois parties ) en cour de district. En vertu de la loi du Maine sur la protection de l'enfance, trois personnes ou plus peuvent déposer une Pétition de Protection d’un Enfant, demandant à la Cour d'ordonner le DHHS ou un tiers en tant que parent, afin d’assurer la garde et de fournir des services à cet enfant. more...

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