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 child abuse, 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. 22 MRS §4011-A addresses mandatory reporting of child abuse or neglect, including a list of persons who must report, and 22 MRS §4012 provides for the process of reporting. 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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