Cutler Institute for Health and Social Policy

Children, Youth and Families

Child Welfare

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We engage with state, local and tribal child welfare agencies and courts to help them develop and implement sustainable systemic reforms aimed at improving outcomes for children, youth and families. We provide expertise, technical assistance and tools in program and policy analysis, research, training (including curriculum development, delivery and evaluation), and program evaluation. The following projects illustrate our work in this area.

Current Projects

woman and childThrough projects such as the National Resource Center for Organizational Improvement and the Capacity Building Center for Tribes, we offer training, technical assistance, research, and evaluation to help agencies improve their management and expand organizational capacity through strategic planning, continuous quality improvement, and systemic change.

 NCIC logoThrough the Northeast and Caribbean Implementation Center, we help leaders develop the strategies, structure, and framework needed to successfully implement their initiatives. We work along-side leaders to understand their organizational culture and context. We then support and coach leaders and their teams to design, implement, and evaluate strategies to improve outcomes for their clients.

NCWWI logoThe ability of health and human services organizations to produce positive outcomes for their clients and communities depends on a well-prepared workforce. The National Child Welfare Training Institute centers its work on increasing child welfare practice effectiveness through fostering continuous learning, cultivating diverse leadership at multiple levels within child welfare systems, and supporting change through workforce development and organizational capacity building.



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.

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.

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.

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