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Failings by All Three Branches of Our Federal Government Leave Abused and Neglected Children Vulnerable to Further Harm January 27, 2015
The federal government's dereliction allows states to fall short on meeting minimum child welfare standards. Below is information specific to Maine.
CFSR Results Summary: In its Child and Family Services Review (CFSR) process, HHS determines whether each state is in substantial conformity with 7 specific outcomes (pertaining to the areas of safety, permanency and family and child well-being) and 7 systemic factors (relating to the quality of services delivered to children and families and the outcomes they experience). In the first two rounds of the CFSR, HHS has concluded that Maine was:
Round 1 (2003)
NOT in substantial conformity with 6 of the 7 Outcomes
NOT in substantial conformity with 3 of the 7 Systemic Factors
Round 2 (2009)
NOT in substantial conformity with 7 of the 7 Outcomes
NOT in substantial conformity with 2 of the 7 Systemic Factors
Although federal law mandates that any state found not to be operating in substantial conformity during an initial or subsequent review must begin a full review within two years after approval of the state's program improvement plan, HHS has announced that Maine will not undergo Round 3 of the CFSR until FY 2017 (see CFSR Technical Bulletin #7 (March 2014)).
Documents from the U.S. Health & Human Services Children's Bureau
Child and Family Services Review Reports and Results