Cutler Institute for Health and Social Policy

Publications: Children, Youth and Families

Date Title Type
2012 2012 Maine Child Support Guidelines: Review and Recommendations Report
2006 Child Care and Children With Special Needs: Challenges for Low Income Families. Report
2004 Child Care and Children with Special Needs: Challenges for Low Income Families: Parents' Voices Report
2009 Child Care and Work Challenges for Maine's Parents of Children with Special Needs Journal Article
2009 Children a Risk in the Child Welfare System: Collaborations to Promote School Readiness Report
2009 English Language Learners in the State of Maine: Early Education Policy That Can Make a Difference Journal Article
2010 First Jobs Academy Enhanced Management Training: Curriculum for Employers of Child Welfare Involved Youth Report
2010 First Jobs Academy Work Readiness Training for Child Welfare Involved Youth: Trainer Guide Report
2009 Great Expectations: Implementing a High-Stakes Testing Program in Maine Report (Conference Paper)
2012 Guide for Developing and Implementing Child Welfare Practice Models Book/Monograph
2010 Maine Voices: Reading Success Depends Greatly On What Happens Before School Newspaper Article
2009 Making a Brighter Future for Foster Youth in York County, Maine Report
2009 Opening the World of Learning: Features, Eeffectiveness and Implementation Strategies Journal Article
2014 Roundtable on Community Engagement and Collective Impact Journal Article
2008 Supported Employment in Maine: Youth in Foster Care Journal Article
2013 The Coaching Role of Supervisors Journal Article
2013 Workforce and Leadership Development Book Chapter
2009 Working Parents and Child Care: Charting a New Course for Quality Journal Article
2008 Wraparound Maine Evaluation Report: Survey Results from Community Collaborative Boards Report
2008 Wraparound Maine Evaluation: Examination of Program Fidelity: Year One Report
2009 Wraparound Maine Evaluation: Preliminary Outcomes for the First 118 Families Report
2010 YLAT Youth Leadership Advisory Team: An Innovative Approach to Systems Improvement Report

Cutler Institute awarded $600,000 to help youth raised in foster system

Marty Zanghi

USM's Cutler Institute for Health and Social Policy has been awarded a $600,000 grant to help young people raised in Maine's foster system to prepare for college and the workforce.

The money comes from the Annie E. Casey Foundation as part of a $5.4 million national effort aimed at youth who are homeless or in either the foster care or juvenile justice systems.

"Many of these young people have suffered abuse or trauma and were raised in poverty and neglect," said Marty Zanghi, the Cutler Center's youth development director.

The money -- including an expected $400,000 more in matching funds -- will pay for contracted work with agencies in the target areas, starting with the greater Portland area and Penobscot, Kennebec and Somerset counties.

Nationally and in Maine, only about 3 percent of people who grow up in the foster care system achieve a college degree, he said.

"It's dramatically lower than the rate for the general population," Zanghi said. "It's a horrible outcome."

It doesn't have to be that way, though.

"There are young people that overcome these circumstances," he said. "I know people who have master's degrees and Ph.Ds."

The Casey Foundation's national effort is being called the "Learn and Earn to Achieve Potential" (LEAP) initiative.

The initiative is working on partnerships in Maine and nine other areas: Alaska, Arizona, California, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska and New York. In each case, people will adapt two evidence-based models to meet the needs of these youth, including support to address the trauma they may have experienced in their lives.

In Maine, the work will include a pair of successful programs, Jobs for Maine Graduates (JMG) and Jobs for the Future. Results will be carefully tracked, Zanghi said.

After the first year, the program is expected to grow.

"Eventually, the additional help will be available to all children, 14 and over, in the foster care system in the state of Maine," Zanghi said.

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