Cutler Institute for Health and Social Policy

Our nationally recognized institutes and innovative research help improve child welfare in Maine and throughout the nation
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.
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We conduct training, technical assistance, and applied research to inform early care and education practices at the national, state, and local levels.
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We help leaders improve their organizations through: Public Sector Workforce Development, Systems Design and Implementation, Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI), and Strategic Planning.
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Our research, promising practices, policy analysis and teaching provide a framework to engage with local, state and national organizations to help communities best serve children, youth and families.
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Children, Youth and Families

The Cutler Institute Children, Youth, and Families Program advances the well-being of children and families by improving the public and private systems that serve them. We work to include the voices of children, youth and families, and to engage community. Our approach empowers and strengthens the clients we serve. We have earned a national reputation for excellence in research, policy development, program evaluation, training, and technical assistance.

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Areas of Focus:

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Child Welfare

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.

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Early Childhood Care and Education

We conduct training, technical assistance, and applied research to inform early care and education practices at the national, state and local levels for state government, local schools and child care agencies, including Head Start and public pre-K programs.

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Family Support and Empowerment Projects

Many families share circumstances that require interaction with multiple government agencies and systems of support (e.g. working poor families, families with children with special needs, immigrant/refugee families, families involved in the child welfare system).

child with blocks Public Sector Organizational Improvement
Public Sector Workforce Development
System Design and Implementation
Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI)
Strategic Planning
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Youth and Community Engagement

Our research, promising practices, policy analysis and teaching provide a framework to engage with local, state and national organizations to help communities best serve children, youth and families.



  
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News & Events

Aspen youth 2014
We are excited to announce that in July, the Opportunity Youth Incentive Fund (OYIF) awarded a second grant to the Muskie School of Public Service and its partners who make up The Southern Maine Youth Transition Network (SMYTN). The Opportunity Youth Incentive Fund is managed by the Aspen Institute’s Forum for Community Solutions and is dedicated to connecting “Opportunity Youth” to education and employment.
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Kris Sahonchik, Director of the Cutler Institute for Health and Social Policy, recently returned from several weeks in Russia on the 2014 US-Russia Social Expertise Exchange (SEE) program to enhance child protection, foster care, and adoption.
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The Nellie Mae Education Foundation has chosen Muskie to serve as the Lead Community Partner of its District Level Systems Change Initiative for the Portland Public School District.
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What makes the Cutler Institute unique? We are committed to our clients and partners and work closely with you to examine the root of an issue and provide sustainable solutions. Learn more about our work and services, and connect with our team of experts.

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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.

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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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