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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