Children, Youth and Families

Claire Schroeder

Policy Associate I, CYF
34 Bedford Street, Portland, ME


Maine Youth Action Network's (MYAN) Organization ImpACT Awards

Maine Youth Action Network's (MYAN) Organization ImpACT Awards The Youth & Community Engagement Programs at USM's Muskie School of Public Service, Cutler Institute for Health and Social Policy was chosen as the recipient of the Maine Youth Action Network's (MYAN) Organization ImpACT Award. Pentha Burns accepted the award at the MYAN annual conference in Augusta on October 28th. Through the ImpACT Awards, MYAN recognizes and celebrates youth leadership and the support systems that empower youth. These awards showcase youth and adults who are making a positive impact on each other, their communities, and their worlds. Picture: Penthea Burns, YLAT Director and Beth Yvonne, Director of Maine Youth Action Network
Picture: Penthea Burns, YLAT Director and Beth Yvonne, Director of Maine Youth Action Network

Roundtable on Community Engagement and Collective Impact


In this article, "Roundtable on Community Engagement and Collective Impact," the participants, which included Marty Zanghi of the Muskie School, discuss why it is important to involve the community actively, how it can be done within a collective impact initiative, and the challenges and pitfalls of engaging the community. This article was published in a supplement to the fall issue of Stanford Social Innovation Review.

Collective impact efforts are often discussed in terms of organizations or sectors, such as business, nonprofit, government, and philanthropy. What is often left out of the discussion is the community itself, even though it is a critical factor in the long-term success of collective impact initiatives. The community includes the individuals, families, networks, and organizations who will be affected by the initiative and who participate in it, but who are not usually considered to have active leadership roles in creating community solutions. It includes, for example, people directly affected by the problem, as well as social service organizations that may not be initially represented on steering committees or working groups.

Suggested Citation:

Barnes, M., Born, P., Harwood, R., Savner, S., Stewart, S., & Zanghi, M. (2014). Roundtable on community engagement and collective impact. Stanford Social Innovation Review, 12(4), 12-14.

Publication Type: 
Journal Article
Publish Date: 
September 8, 2014

National Funding Awarded to Connect Youth in Southern Maine

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.
Aspen youth 2014

Creating Community Connections for Transition-Aged Youth in Maine

Event Date and Time: 
Wednesday, May 14, 2014, 9:00 AM to 1:30 PM
USM Portland Campus, Wishcamper Center, Lee Community Hall, Room 133
Contact Name: 
Nick Curlew 780-5841 or
Contact Phone: 
Contact Email:


"Creating Community Connections for Transition-Aged Youth in Maine" 

May 14, 9:00 -1:30
, please RSVP by May 7th to:
or Nick Curlew 207-780-5841

University of Southern Maine,
Lee Community Hall, Room 133, Wishcamper Center, Portland Campus

 "Creating Community Connections for Transition-Aged Youth in Maine" is an opportunity to explore the role of community in helping youth connect and stay connected to education and employment pathways.

 This half-day program and lunch includes:

  • Keynote by Colby Swettberg, Executive Director of Adoption & Foster Care Mentoring, who will discuss the importance of strong and healthy adult partnerships for youth in transitions.
  • Panel Discussion and Q&A about unique approaches and solutions for connecting youth to community, employment, and education.
  • Viewing of the short film "A Shoestring for Mackenzie". This film, written and directed by a former Sanford High School student is about overcoming struggles with peers/familyIntroduction by Carl Lakari, Co-Founder of Project Aware.

 Thank you to our co-sponsors: Portland Mentoring Alliance, Seeds of Independence, Strategies for a Stronger Sanford, and Community Partnership for Protecting Children





Cutler Institute Director works to improve international child welfare practices

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.
Kris Sahonchik

Workforce and Leadership Development


This centennial book brings together a national roster of child welfare experts from academia and practice to document the significant contributions of the Children's Bureau to U.S. policy development for children and families. Highlighting foster care developments, chapters illuminate for the reader the complexities of the system as it evolved from a tradition of 'rescue and punishment,' deeply seeped in racial inequities, to current efforts of advancing progressive policies that aim to correct systemic inequities, promote empirically based approaches that recognize the significance of culture in services planning, and affirm that the well-being of children is inextricably linked to the well-being of families and communities. The book makes an important contribution to the child welfare literature by documenting how far we have come as a nation in addressing the needs of dependent children and is an invaluable reference volume and a supplementary child welfare textbook. -Alma J. Carten, PhD, ACSW, LCSW, Associate Professor, New York University Silver School of Social Work

Suggested Citation:

Cahn K, Bernotavicz F, Potter C. Workforce and Leadership Development. In: Briar-Lawson K, McCarthy M, Dickinson NS, eds. The Children's Bureau: Shaping a Century of Child Welfare Practices, Programs, and Policies. Washington, DC: NASW Press; 2013.

Publication Type: 
Book Chapter
Publish Date: 
October 1, 2013

The Coaching Role of Supervisors


Article authored by Freda Bernotavicz, in  Voume 7,  no. 1, 2013 of Training and Development in Human Services, the journal of the National Staff Development and Training Association.

This article is based on an on-line module on Coaching Strategies for Supervisors that is part of a national training program funded by the Children’s Bureau/US DHHS/ACF under the National Child Welfare Workforce Institute (NCWWI), Award #90CT0145.This article is solely the responsibility of the NCWWI and does not necessarily represent the official views of the Children’s Bureau.

Publication Type: 
Journal Article
Publish Date: 
January 1, 2013

Emily Thielmann

Policy Associate
332I Wishcamper Center
(207) 780-5868


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