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Truth and Reconciliation Panel is Seated in Maine
02/13/2013 10:25 AM ET  

The Truth and Reconciliation panel aims to explore tribal experiences with the Maine's child welfare system.

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) _ The commission that will investigate past abuses by child welfare agents who systematically removed tribal children from their households has been seated.

The truth and reconciliation panel aims to explore tribal experiences with the child welfare system. Commissioners told WZON-AM on Tuesday that their task is to uncover the truth, promote healing and make recommendations about best child welfare practices.

Tribal officials say the removal of children from their households broke up families and exposed some children to abuse in the foster care system.

The panel consists of the secretary of state, a university professor, a former state board of education chairwoman and two Native Americans with ties to tribes in South Dakota and Massachusetts. The commission has more than two years to release its findings and recommendations.


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