Esther joined the USM, Youth and Community Engagement team in 2003 to work with young people in their transition from foster care to adulthood. She now works on projects that engage and benefit tribal communities; facilitating the Maine tribal-state Indian Child Welfare Act workgroup and creating child welfare resources with the Capacity Building Center for Tribes. Esther was part of the team that established and convened the Maine Wabanaki-State Child Welfare Truth and Reconciliation Commission, the first truth commission in the United States to focus on native child welfare.
AREAS OF EXPERTISE
Engaging tribal and state governmental systems, institutions and leaders; understanding of the complex legal requirements, roles, and cultures; strong relationship building skills; sound judgment; assessment, communication and facilitation skills; ability to understand different infrastructures and roles; transfer of strategies and approaches to different cultural and legal contexts.