BANGOR – Members of the Facebook group Silent No More Against Maine DHHS protested outside the Maine Department of Health and Human Services Bangor office Monday to call for change.
Doreen Madore, the group’s founder, said a meeting was scheduled Tuesday with Todd Landry, the department’s director for Child and Family Services.
“I’m hoping he’ll listen to the changes and actually be the first state to make changes cause it’s nationwide. It’s not just Maine, it’s nationwide,” Madore said.
Although the group has held demonstrations at DHHS offices in Skowhegan and Augusta without incident, one person was arrested in Bangor on Monday.
In a statement issued Monday, DHHS spokeswoman Jackie Farwell said the following:
“Children’s safety is our top priority, and our dedicated caseworkers must always balance that against the goal of reunifying youth with relatives whenever possible. We continue to take action to improve the child welfare system to serve the best interests of Maine children and families.”