Cutler Institute for Health and Social Policy

Children, Youth and Families

Tammy Richards, M.Ed.

Research Associate I


316 Wishcamper Center

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Phone: (207) 780-5859

Tammy Richards is a Research Associate at the Cutler Institute for Health and Social Policy at the Muskie School of Public Service, and is an evaluator for the National Child Welfare Resource Center for Organizational Improvement (NRCOI). This evaluation activity provides information designed to fine-tune the delivery of training and technical assistance, and also provides child welfare agencies with feedback on the impact of technical assistance, which supports effective planning of next steps. Ms. Richards is also an evaluator for the Northeast and Caribbean Child Welfare Implementation Center project (NCIC). Her work at the NCIC focuses on evaluating implementation processes in child welfare, as well as helping states and tribes develop ongoing data collection strategies to assess the impact of initiatives designed to increase child safety, permanency, and well-being.

Ms. Richards’ past work has included evaluating state court processes in child welfare cases (including several CIP Reassessment Projects) and program evaluations of local, state, and national projects that provide supportive services to children and families. Tammy is trained as a counselor and formerly provided mental health services to abused and neglected adolescents as well as parents of children exposed to domestic violence.


  • Master of Education, Applied Psychology, Antioch University
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts, Boston University

Research interests: implementation; organizational change.

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.

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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