Children, Youth and Families

Lee Lauritsen, L.M.S.W.

Policy Associate II


45 Commerce Drive, Augusta

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Phone: (207) 626-5081

Public child welfare has been the focus of Lee’s career. The opportunity to contribute to best practice in the field is exciting. Lee may never see the children and families who benefit, but she knows they are out there and this idea keeps her engaged.

For 19 years, Lee worked in various positions within Maine’s public child welfare system. As a supervisor and later an administrator, staff training caught her interest. After transferring to USM in 2004, she has had the opportunity to train child welfare staff at all levels in Maine. Topics include forensic interviewing, family team meetings, screening and hiring, performance management, and motivational interviewing. Skill areas she has developed include facilitation, curriculum writing (web based and face-to-face training), staff coaching, and distance education. Nationally, Lee works with supervisors in building leadership skills as an instructor for the National Child Welfare Workforce Institute's Leadership Academy for Supervisors. 

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State and Wabanaki Tribes Sign Truth and Reconciliation Mandate

Wabanaki Chiefs and Governor LePage signing 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.


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