Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Maine strengthens child car seat laws; what parents need to know

Janet Mills she signed a bill
that changes laws on car seats...


Gov. Janet Mills has signed a bill that makes changes to car seat safety laws for children.

The new regulations require children under the age of 2 be placed in a rear-facing car seat.

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Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Maine Moves Up In National Rankings For Children's Health And Well-Being

Maine has moved up to ninth place in the national rankings for child health and well-being, according to the latest Kids Count Data Book.

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I wonder what the hungry kids are going to think about this?

Monday, June 10, 2019

New Maine law tightening vaccination rules has an exception for special ed students

Gov. Janet Mills signed a bill in May tightening vaccination rules for those attending school in Maine, but the stricter requirements don’t apply to one group of students.

A provision in the law will grandfather in special education students and allow them to continue opting out of vaccinations on religious and philosophical grounds for several years after other students no longer have those options.

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Sunday, June 9, 2019

Maine Senate unanimously approves bill to study how to increase child screening

Maine ranks last in the nation in screenings for kids in their first year of life.

State Senators unanimously approved a bill Friday aimed at improving that.

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Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Senate unanimously passes funding bill for Ombudsman's Office

I've found the current ombudsman to be a useless CPS supporter.
A bill to increase funding for the office that provides oversight on the child welfare system got unanimous approval Monday in the Maine Senate. 
After hearing from constituents that only one person in the Ombudsman's Office was not enough, Sen. Shenna Bellows, D-Manchester, introduced this bill to allow the office to create more positions. 
The Ombudsman's Office investigates complaints about DHHS regarding to the system itself. 
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Friday, May 31, 2019

Maine ranks among lowest at protecting kids online: national study finds

When it comes to protecting children online, a new study shows Maine has some work to do.

Safewise.com gave the state a 'D' rating. It found Maine to be one of just five states with the least supportive laws to protect children from online threats like cyberbullying and sexting.

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Maine social service agency closes abruptly, imperiling care for at-risk children, clients

After 35 years and thousands of people helped, a Belfast-based nonprofit agency that provides mental health, early child intervention and other services to people in three counties last week abruptly announced its imminent closure.

The end of the road for Broadreach Family and Community Services came not because of one factor but because of the accumulation of many, according to Executive Director Todd Goodwin.

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