The Maine Child Welfare Advisory Panel is a multidisciplinary task force comprised of individuals from selected disciplines involved in handling child abuse and neglect cases. We publish information on child abuse and neglect, provide training, develop necessary resources, and create awareness. Our mission is to enhance the knowledge and skills of professionals who intervene in child abuse and neglect.
The Maine Child Welfare Advisory Panel works in conjunction with the Child Death and Serious Injury Review Panel in order 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).
The Child Abuse Action Network began in 1989. In December, 2015 the Maine Child Welfare Advisory Panel was formed and is funded by the Children's Justice Act (CJA) grant, which provides grants to states to improve the investigation, prosecution, and judicial handling of cases of child abuse and neglect, particularly child sexual abuse and exploitation, in a manner that limits additional trauma to the child victim. The Departments Division of Child Welfare is the administrative agent for the Children's Justice Act grants, and the Maine Department of Health and Human Services is the state agency designated by Maine's Governor to apply for CJA funding.
The Maine Child Welfare Advisory Panel and Child Death and Serious Injury Review Panel membership includes representatives from:
- Public Child Welfare
- The Judiciary System
- Civil and criminal prosecutors
- Community mental health professionals
- Public health professionals
- CASA members
- State and local law enforcement
- Domestic violence education and advocacy
- Child Abuse and Neglect Councils
Children are our most valuable resource.
~ Herbert Hoover