AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The Maine House of Representatives has signed off on an emergency bill to continue funding a child protection program.
The House unanimously approved the bill to keep funding the Community Partnerships Protecting Children program on Tuesday. The bill’s sponsor, Democratic Rep. Pinny Beebe-Center of Rockland, says cutting funding for the program would jeopardize children.
The program has existed for about a decade and partners with groups such as schools, nonprofits and local governments to identify and serve families at risk of abuse or neglect. It costs the state about $2.2 million.
Some lawmakers say they were motivated to continue the program by recent high-profile cases involving child abuse and neglect, including the deaths of 10-year-old Marissa Kennedy in March in Stockton Springs and 4-year-old Kendall Chick in December in Wiscasset.