About Us - Child and Family Services

Grace Brace, Deputy Director, Office of Child and Family Services

Teresa Barrows, Program Director, Behavioral Health

Angie Bellefleur, Associate Director, Policy and Prevention

Bob Blanchard, Associate Director, Accountability and Informational Services

Mark Dalton, Associate Director, Intervention & Care Management

Christa Elwell, Associate Director, Community Partnerships

Last year, Child and Family Services received more than 17,000 new reports of child abuse or neglect. We look into child abuse reports on behalf of Maine communities, working to keep children safe and to guide families in creating safe homes for children. 

About 85 percent of the families we see need voluntary, community-based services to develop a safe and more stable home. The remaining 15 percent require court intervention, either to order specific action to make a situation safe or because the children cannot live where they are without danger of serious harm. When those circumstances arise, our child protective and children's services professionals find a setting for care - places that help a child who has experienced abuse or neglect and that become the child's bridge to a safe, permanent home.

Maine communities are the essential link for these children. Skilled foster families and other professional resources from Eliot to Fort Kent offer their patience and care. Child and Family Services guides the effort. Our professional staff works to safely reunify families when possible, to explore options for care with extended family (kinship care), and to evaluate foster and adoptive homes. In our work, Child and Family Services seeks safety, well-being and permanent homes for children, working with professionalism and respecting the dignity of all families.

 OCFS Strategic Plan for 2007/2008 

This 20072008 Plan highlights those elements of OCFS' work that are critical to promote the well-being of children and families in Maine. It includes 21 strategies; each of these features one or more planned activities designed to implement that strategy.

 Social Services Block Grant Program (SSBG) Plan 

October 01, 2014 - September 30, 2015

Information on service activities supported by SSBG funds.

 Community Services Block Grant Program (CSBG) Plan and Application 

FFY 2008 - FFY 2009

 Title IV-E State Plan 

State Plan for Title IV-E of the Social Security Act Foster Care, Independent Living and Adoption Assistance
(Updated December 2006)

Office of Child and Family Services Organizational Chart
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