Cutler Institute for Health and Social Policy

Our nationally recognized institutes and innovative research help improve child welfare in Maine and throughout the nation

Children, Youth and Families

The Cutler Institute's Children, Youth and Families Program advances and supports the well-being of children and families by improving the quality of public and private systems that serve them. With a national reputation for excellence in research, policy development, program evaluation, training, and technical assistance, program professionals have assisted national, state, and local governments, tribal nations, non-profit organizations, courts and community stakeholders to develop and implement sustainable policies, programs and systemic reforms aimed at improving outcomes for children, youth and families. Our approach empowers and strengthens the clients we serve, includes the voices of children, youth and families and engages communities.

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The Nellie Mae Education Foundation has chosen Muskie to serve as the Lead Community Partner of its District Level Systems Change Initiative for the Portland Public School District.
Attean, training specialist at the USM Muskie School, has had her portrait added to artist Robert Shetterley’s gallery of Americans Who Tell the Truth, an initiative to promote models of courageous citizenship in schools and communities around the country.
This article, co-authored by Freda Bernotavicz, describes the child welfare leadership and competency models developed by the National Child Welfare Workforce Institute (NCWWI) and provides examples of how their application in a national training and capacity-building program has led to personal leadership development and systems change.
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State and Wabanaki Tribes Sign Truth and Reconciliation Mandate

Wabanaki Chiefs and Governor LePage signing 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.


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