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Reporting Child Abuse - Maine

Maine

Under Maine law, certain individuals (including doctors and other health care professionals and employees, teachers and school officials, youth camp counselors or administrators, social workers, court appointed advocates, mental health professionals, commercial film developers, law enforcement officers, code enforcement officials, clergy, sexual or domestic assault counselors, and school bus drivers, among others) are required to immediately report known or suspected child abuse to the Department of Child and Family Services by telephone or to the district attorney if the person causing the abuse is not the child’s parent or legal guardian. A person is required to make a report if that person knows or has reasonable cause to suspect that a child is not living with the child’s family. A report must be made immediately if there is reason to suspect that a child has been living with someone other than the child’s family for more than 6 months or if there is reason to suspect that a child has been living with someone other than the child’s family for more than 12 months pursuant to a power of attorney. If a person required to report notifies either the person in charge of an institution, agency or facility, or a designated agent, the notifying person shall acknowledge in writing that the institution, agency or facility has provided confirmation to the notifying person that another individual from the institution, etc. has made a report to the department. An employer may not take any action to prevent or discourage an employee from making a report. Any person not specifically listed by statute may report known or suspected abuse to the department of child and family services or the local district attorney.

Child abuse is defined to include physical, mental, emotional or sexual abuse, exploitation or neglect of the child’s essential needs.

To access the specific sections summarized above in the official Maine Code online, including any relevant definitions, follow:

http://www.mainelegislature.org/legis/statutes/22/title22sec4002.html

http://www.mainelegislature.org/legis/statutes/22/title22sec4011-A.html

http://www.mainelegislature.org/legis/statutes/22/title22sec4011-B.html

http://www.mainelegislature.org/legis/statutes/22/title22ch1071sec0.html

For valuable information on reporting abuse in Maine, including links for mandatory reporters, links to Maine’s statutes, and training information, as well as tips on how to spot abuse, go to Maine’s Department of Child and Family Services website at:

http://www.maine.gov/dhhs/ocfs/cw/reporting_abuse.shtml

http://www.maine.gov/dhhs/ocfs/cps/

http://www.maine.gov/dhhs/mandated_reporters.shtml

http://www.maine.gov/dhhs/ocfs/abuse.htm

To report Child Abuse in Maine 24 hours a day, call:
1-800-452-1999