Dec. 17, 2013

Contact: Bevin Theodore

Director of PR & Communications

800-25-PEACE, ext. 7797

KidsPeace New England to begin assessing child abuse, neglect cases 

A $598,000 award will allow the South Portland office to begin operating the Alternative Response Program in January


S. PORTLAND – KidsPeace New England has been awarded nearly $600,000 to offer a new service that involves the investigation and assessment of child abuse and neglect cases.

The Alterative Response Program, which covers all of Cumberland County, is a four-month service to delve into abuse and neglect cases called into DHHS that are designated low-risk. These are cases that are deemed likely to need service, but pose no imminent threat of harm to the child. But as part of this service modality, if a case is determined to pose a higher risk for violence, it will be referred back to DHHS.

KidsPeace received $598,000 to offer the program for 18 months, with service slated to begin Jan. 1. We are excited to be in a position to continue to offer new, necessary services to the community.


About KidsPeace

For 130 years, KidsPeace has been building on its expertise to give hope, help and healing to children, families and communities throughout the United States. Through its comprehensive range of residential treatment programs; accredited educational services; unique psychiatric hospital and foster care and community-based programs, KidsPeace is dedicated to helping people connect, transform and overcome their challenges to ensure a stable future, transition to adulthood and gain independence. Since its doors opened in 1882, more than 200,000 children have participated in one of the multitude of programs KidsPeace offers. For additional resources or more information on how to get involved, become a foster parent or make a donation, please visit Follow us at or on Twitter @KidsPeace.