The Wraparound Maine Initiative relies on community collaborative boards (CCB) to play a major role in developing policies, ensuring that all eligible children/youth are being served, and leveraging local resources. To assess their progress to-date, evaluators from the Muskie School for Public Service at the University of Southern Maine administered an online survey to all known board members in February 2008. Seventy-three board members completed the survey (36%). A high majority had served on their board at least 6 months and up to one year. They reported experiencing many successes and challenges during implementation. The majority offered recommendations for improvement.
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Wraparound Maine Evaluation Report: Survey Results from Community Collaborative Boards
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State and Wabanaki Tribes Sign Truth and Reconciliation Mandate
On June 29, 2012, five Wabanaki Chiefs and Governor Paul LePage signed a Mandate document commencing the Maine Wabanaki-State Child Welfare Truth and Reconciliation Commission to examine Maine child welfare practices affecting Wabanaki people.
The ceremony represents a historic agreement between Wabanaki Tribal Governments and the State of Maine to uncover and acknowledge the truth, create opportunities to heal and learn from the truth, and collaborate to operate the best child welfare system possible for Wabanaki children, a goal shared by all the signatories to the Mandate.