Child Protective Services

Child Protective Services: Child and Family Services joins with families and the community to promote long-term safety, wellbeing, and permanent families for children.  To report child abuse or neglect any time of day or night, dial 1-800-452-1999 (deaf and hard of hearing individuals should dial 711 for the Maine Relay). Reports of child abuse and neglect can be made confidentially or anonymously. If you have an emergency, please call 911.

Fostering and Adoptive Services: Training and resources are available for those wishing to become foster and/or adoptive parents, including Kinship care (relatives).

Maine Child Welfare Ombudsman is an impartial office that specializes in assisting people with resolving concerns and complaints with Maine’s Child Protective Services, Department of Health and Human Services.  

Maine Network of Children’s Advocacy Centers (CAC) is a child-focused, facility-based program where professionals work together to interview children who have disclosed sexual abuse.  Law enforcement, Child Protective Services, and the District Attorney’s Office are the only ones who can make referrals to the CAC. While parents, caregivers, or other professionals cannot make referrals to the CAC they should make a mandated report to the Maine Child Abuse Hotline.   

Youth Leadership Advisory Team (YLAT) is a youth & adult partnership committed to improving the outcomes for youth who are or have been in foster care through advocacy, skill building and training.  

For local community information about resources to help families and individuals meet their needs contact 211 Maine, a free and confidential helpline: