PORTLAND, Maine — State figures show that the number of
children removed from abusive homes in Maine has declined by more than
50 percent in the past decade.
The numbers have fallen as the Department of Health and Human
Services pursued a policy of keeping children with parents unless they
face physical abuse or serious neglect. The Maine Sunday Telegram said
the numbers mirror a national trend, supported by findings that
children can suffer severe emotional trauma when separated from their
families and placed in foster care.
But the newspaper also finds that the trend raises concerns about
whether child welfare workers are acting quickly enough in cases where
children are suffering or at risk of abuse.