Child Welfare Evaluation and Improvement

System Evaluation and Improvement Strategies

In July 2019, Maine's Office of Child and Family Services partnered with Casey Family Programs to map the major initiatives and strategies currently underway in Maine. This mapping was designed to help executive leadership and regional staff evaluate which strategies were working to produce outcomes and areas where duplication of effort or inefficiencies might exist. As a result of this work, OCFS streamlined the approach and prioritized strategies as shown below in the strategic framework. We thank the staff, stakeholders, and families who contributed to the development of the framework.

Caseload and Workload

LD 821, passed in the 129th Legislature, requires the Office of Child and Family Services to analyze and report on child welfare workload and staffing levels to ensure appropriate caseloads. These reports do not represent a policy proposal or funding request from the Department, but the analysis within them does inform efforts to improve the child welfare system.