Cutler Institute for Health and Social Policy

Children, Youth and Families

Christopher Beerits, L.M.S.W.

Director, Children Youth and Families; Director, Northeast and Caribbean Implementation Center


45 Commerce Drive, Augusta

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Phone: (207) 441-4258

Chris Beerits is a career social worker who has worked at many organizational levels to improve outcomes for children and their families. He now guides professionals in state and tribal organizations to design and implement changes in their systems toward better outcomes for the children and families they serve.

Mr. Beerits received his Master of Social Work degree from the Boston University School of Social Work, where he majored in Casework, Groupwork, and Community Organization. He is a graduate of Colby College, where he majored in English.

Mr. Beerits is a wise, versatile public service professional with extensive child welfare social work experience and is a supportive supervisor and solution focused manager with a record of success in child welfare reform and systems change. He well understands the pressures and perspectives of each administrative level in large public service organizations.

Chris Beerits makes his home in Maine, where he and his wife have raised their family. Here he frees time to hike toward mountain tops in the summer and ski over wooded trails in the winter.

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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.

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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