Cutler Institute for Health and Social Policy

Children, Youth and Families

Angela Bordeaux, M.A.

Policy Associate/Project Manager

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332E Wishcamper Center

Contact Information

Phone: (207) 780-5822

As Project Manager for the National Child Welfare Resource Center for Organizational Improvement’s (NRCOI), Angie is responsible for coordinating and managing research activities and providing programmatic support to NRCOI staff and consultants. Angie also manages the development and production of NRCOI's communication tools and strategies.

Before joining NRCOI, she worked on the Child Care and Children with Special Needs project examining the child care and work issues of low income families of children with special needs. Angie also worked on the Improving Coordination between Child Welfare Caseworkers and the Education System project. This initiative was funded by the Colorado Department of Human Services to research, develop, deliver, and disseminate a curriculum for Colorado child welfare caseworkers that will enable them to address the educational needs of their clients.

Angie works with amazing people who are dedicated to improving services that help children, youth, and families involved in the child welfare system.  She enjoys managing NRCOI behind the scenes to ensure things run efficiently and smoothly for its staff, consultants, and the individuals it serves.

Education:

  • Master of Arts, Leadership Studies, University of Southern Maine
  • Bachelor of Arts, Geography and Anthropology, University of Southern Maine

Areas of expertise: project and RFP coordination and management; website management; communication strategies; marketing; graphic design; photography; editing; research.

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MYTC 2014 Celebration

Colby Swettberg, May 2014, MYTC

Every year the Maine Youth Transition Collaborative brings together youth and adult partners from around Maine to celebrate the year's achievements and milestones.

2014

MYTC’s fourth annual celebration dinner was held at the Brunswick Hotel and Tavern on May 13, 2014. Over seventy young adults, adult partners, professionals, legislators, adoptive families, and friends came together for an evening of fun, renewed connections, learning, and good food.

LD 1683: An Act To Improve Degree and Career Attainment for Former Foster Children is now a Maine Law!
The evening began with celebrating the signing into law of LD 1683: An Act To Improve Degree and Career Attainment for Former Foster Children. This legislation will support youth in care with higher education through the age of 26. Maine is now the first state in the nation to support youth in care beyond the age of 20. Comments about this milestone legislation were offered by Therese Cahill Low, Director of the Office of Child & Family Services; Seth Berry, Maine House Majority Leader who introduced the legislation; and Lynn Tiede, Policy Director for the Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative.

 The importance of mentors in the lives of young people was the theme for the evening. The keynote speaker, Colby Swettberg, Executive Director of Adoption and Foster Care Mentoring in Boston, was introduced by Jacob Hills. Ms. Swettberg talked about what good mentor-mentee relationships look like for youth in foster care and led a discussion about best practices and challenges to bringing youth and mentors together.

The 2014 honoree was Chris Northrop from the Maine School of Law who has mentored a young man throughout his life, from youth to adulthood. Besides being a mentor, Chris is a leading authority in the area of juvenile lawand a founder of the New England Juvenile Defender Center. In 2006 Chris launched the Juvenile Justice Clinic at Maine Law.

 

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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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