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Christine Norbut Beyer, M.S.W.
Commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Children and Families

Ms. Beyer was appointed by Governor Murphy to lead the NJ Department of Children and Families on January 22, 2018. Prior to her appointment, she had served as Senior Director and Strategic Consultant at Casey Family Programs, a national child welfare foundation, where she partnered with and supported the efforts of Public Child Welfare Agencies, State Legislatures, the Judiciary and Governors in creating better outcomes for vulnerable children. During her tenure at Casey Family Programs, she had the opportunity to delve deeply into the areas of Brain Science, Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), and Trauma-Informed Care and their intersection with child welfare.

Ms. Beyer formerly had spent 8 years working with the New Jersey Department of Children and Families, first as Director of the Division of Youth and Family Services, and then as Assistant Commissioner. In her previous roles within the Department, Ms. Beyer led the statewide implementation of the Department’s Case Practice Model, one of the most important and ambitious aspects of New Jersey’s child welfare reform efforts, and created the Office of Performance Management and Accountability to empower the Department to become a self-assessing, self-monitoring organization, capable of leveraging data metrics to improve services for New Jersey’s families.

Prior to her work with the Department of Children and Families, Ms. Beyer spent 11 years at a community-based private non-profit organization in New Jersey, providing in-home services to youth and families and leading behavioral health and substance abuse programs for youth and adults.

Ms. Beyer received her Bachelor of Science degree in social work from the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey, and her Master of Social Work Administration, Policy and Planning from Rutgers University School of Social Work. She also holds a post-graduate Adoption certificate from Rutgers University Institute for Families, received the 2013 Employee Achievement Award from Casey Family Programs, the 2010 Child Welfare Leadership Award from Rutgers University School of Social Work, and the 2009 Professional Achievement Award from Richard Stockton College, School of Social and Behavioral Sciences.


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