Cutler Institute for Health and Social Policy

Children, Youth and Families

Annette M. Wilson, J.D.

Research Associate
Annette M. Wilson, J.D.


12 E. Chestnut Street, Augusta

Contact Information

Phone: (207) 626-5285

Annette M. Wilson, J.D., is a research associate and curriculum developer at the USM Muskie School. She has extensive experience developing curriculum for specialized populations, including foster and adoptive parents and direct care workers. Annette has delivered training to a wide variety of audiences, including more than 2,000 foster and adoptive parents, children’s transportation providers, children’s mental health case managers, Guardians ad Litem, and child welfare caseworkers. Most recently, Annette has worked on Maine’s Direct Service Worker Training Program to provide technical assistance and “real-life” perspective, as well as developed curriculum for child welfare caseworkers in Colorado. Annette has served as a CASA volunteer and Guardian ad Litem in child protective cases in both Alaska and Maine and brings her personal experience as a foster and adoptive parent and advocate to her professional roles.   


  • FAMILYSHARE Video, 2011(Producer)


  • Working with Military Families: Special Considerations for Child Welfare Caseworkers (online training for Colorado Department of Human Services)
  • Kinship Issues in Foster Care and Adoption, 2010
  • Children’s Transportation Customer Service Training Curriculum, 2007
  • Resiliency in Foster Care: Can Our Kids Bounce Back?, 2005

Nellie Mae Education Foundation nominates Pious Ali for the Lawrence W. O'Toole Award

Pious Ali

Pious Ali, Youth and Community Engagement Specialist in Cutler’s Children, Youth, and Families Programs, has been nominated for the Lawrence W. O’Toole Award by the Nellie Mae Education Foundation. Pious is one of six nominees from the New England states.

The Nellie Mae Education Foundation believes that student-centered learning – where learning is personalized, engaging, competency-based and not restricted to the classroom – will prepare young people to graduate high school ready to contribute to their communities and succeed. This award is given out each year to an individual, school district, or non-profit that has exhibited great leadership in moving student-centered approaches to learning forward in the New England region.

The winner will be selected by online voting and will be awarded a $100,000 grant to help advance student centered learning!


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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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