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Maine Sexual Assault Resources: Child Sexual Abuse & Normal Child Sexual Behavior

How do I know if my child’s sexualized behavior is normal or a sign of abuse? Some child sexualized behavior is normal. Other behavior may be a sign of abuse. Here are some resources that may help you know the difference: 

Maine Child Protection: What happens when DHHS investigates a household?

This is the second part of our guide to Child Protection proceedings in Maine. It covers what can happen when DHHS investigates a household because they believe that a child may be at risk of being harmed.

Maine Child Protection: What does DHHS do when they get a complaint of child abuse?

This guide is the first in a series about what happens when DHHS gets involved with families. This guide covers the very first steps in the Maine Child Protection process - our other guides cover later parts of this process. If you are in a situation where DHHS is becoming involved with your family, start here.

Child Abuse and Neglect in Maine: DHHS Substantiation and Indication

About DHHS and Child Abuse and Neglect DHHS Child Protective Services investigates reports of child abuse. There are 5 different things that DHHS can do:

What Concerned Adults Can Do to Protect an Endangered Child

You can file a Three-Person Petition (also called a Three-Party Petition) in District Court. Under the Maine Child Protection laws, three or more people can file a Child Protection petition, asking the Court to order DHHS or a third party like a relative to take custody of and provide services to a youth...

Maine Sample Child Protection Petition

This is a sample Maine Child Protection Petition for a Maine Three Party Child Protection action. Go here to learn more about how Three-Party Child Protection Petitions work in Maine

Maine Sample Affidavit of Friend

This is a sample Affidavit of Friend for a Maine Three Party Child Protection action. Go here to learn more about how Three-Party Child Protection Petitions work in Maine.

Maine Sample Acknowledgment of Receipt of Child Protection Petition

This is a sample Acknowledgment of Receipt of a Child Protection Petition for a Maine Three Party Child Protection action. Go here to learn more about how Three-Party Child Protection Petitions work in Maine.

Probate Jurisdictional Affidavit

The Maine court form for determining the jurisdiction for certain family law and name change cases