Cutler Institute for Health and Social Policy

Children, Youth and Families

Gretchen Robbins, M.S.

Senior Policy Associate


45 Commerce Drive, Augusta

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Phone: (207) 626-5224

Gretchen is a Senior Policy Associate at the Cutler Institute for Health and Social Policy at the Muskie School of Public Service. She is the lead for providing training and technical assistance to States and Tribes in Training Systems and coordinates the Peer Training Network for the National Child Welfare Resource Center for Organizational Improvement (NRCOI). She also works with supervisors in building leadership skills as an instructor for the National Child Welfare Workforce Institute, Leadership Academy for Supervisors.

In her current position, and as a former director of the Muskie School’s Child Welfare Training Institute, a prior collaborative effort between the University of Southern Maine and the Maine Department of Health and Human Services, her primary focus is on promoting best practice in child welfare through engaging practitioners, supervisors, and managers in positive change toward meeting outcomes for children, youth, and families. With over 30 years of child welfare experience, Gretchen appreciates sharing state of the art practices with those continuing to do the extremely important work of child welfare. She knows that she is making a difference for children and families. 


  • Master of Science, Human Development, University of Maine
  • Bachelor of Science, Child Development, University of Maine

Areas of expertise: facilitation, coaching, curriculum development, training delivery.

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On June 29, 2012, five Wabanaki Chiefs and Governor Paul LePage signed a Mandate document commencing the Maine Wabanaki-State Child Welfare Truth and Reconciliation Commission to examine Maine child welfare practices affecting Wabanaki people.

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