Child Abuse Reporting
What is Maine's Law on Child Abuse Reporting
In Maine, many adults are required by statute to report knowledge or reasonable suspicion of incidents of child abuse and/or neglect or suspicious child deaths. These adults include many persons working in professional capacities who interact with children on a regular or occasional basis or who assume “full, intermittent or occasional responsibility for the care or custody” of a child. Administrative personnel of religious institutions may also be required reporters. The statute which discusses mandatory reporting, including a list of persons who must report, is 22 MRS §4011-A. Child abuse or neglect reports must be made immediately by telephone to the Department of Health and Human Services. For more information about the process of reporting child abuse or neglect see 22 MRS §4012. Any person who in good faith reports or participates in a related child protection investigation “is immune from any criminal or civil liability for the act of reporting or participating in the investigation or proceeding” (22 MRS §4014).
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