Peter served as the Director of Quality Assurance at the Massachusetts Department of Social Services for three and a half years. During that time, he managed DSS's research, training, policy and foster care review units, and he also served as the project manager for DSS's SACWIS development and implementation, known as the FamilyNet system. DSS relied on a series of monthly and quarterly management reports as the backbone of its quality assurance system, and Peter worked intensively with DSS managers from the Regional and Area Offices, FamilyNet managers and programmers, and DSS data analysts to recalibrate and validate the reports after FamilyNet implementation occurred. He also oversaw efforts to implement training, policy and foster care review initiatives that reflected the needs identified through the quality assurance process.
Before working at DSS, Peter attended the Kennedy School of Government where he devoted his Master in Public Policy studies to children and families' issues and conducted a study of DSS's foster homes as his Master's thesis. Earlier in his career, he focused on the research side of child welfare through his work with several evaluation research firms in Washington, D.C. He designed and conducted a number of public sector evaluations, most of them focusing on child welfare and runaway and homeless youth programs.
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State and Wabanaki Tribes Sign Truth and Reconciliation Mandate
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.
The ceremony represents a historic agreement between Wabanaki Tribal Governments and the State of Maine to uncover and acknowledge the truth, create opportunities to heal and learn from the truth, and collaborate to operate the best child welfare system possible for Wabanaki children, a goal shared by all the signatories to the Mandate.