Christine Norbut Beyer

Trenton, New Jersey

Christine Norbut Beyer has decades of public/private experience and a visionary’s perspective to child welfare transformation. As Commissioner, she is redefining the agency as a prevention-focused, child and family serving department. Under her leadership, the Department of Children and Families has reduced out of home removals, increased kinship placement and made historic investments in children’s mental health. With a progressive lens, she pioneered including constituent voice and adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and healing-centered practice to inform departmental policies and initiated a race equity steering committee to study and correct disparities in reporting, investigating and removing children of color from their families. Prior to her appointment, Ms. Beyer served as Senior Director and Strategic Consultant at Casey Family Programs, a national child welfare foundation, focused on improving outcomes for children and families. In her capacity as a national child welfare consultant, she supported the efforts of public child welfare agencies, the judiciary and governors in creating better outcomes for at-risk children and families and had the opportunity to delve deeply into the areas of brain science, ACEs, and trauma-informed care and the intersection with child welfare. These are policy areas she continues to pursue at the Department of Children and Families.

My Truth

When we arrive at a time and place where there is a collective understanding that every individual requires love and connection, that every individual is worthy of love and compassion, that every child deserves to grow up with their family, with love, when this occurs, only then will it be time to rest.

Stories featuring Christine Norbut Beyer

Photo from the 2023 Aspen Forum on Children and Families featuring a session with Amy Jacobs, Drayton Jackson, Nathan Chomilo, Justin Brown, and Anne Mosle on stage.
Leaders across the country are successfully incorporating family voice into policy – resulting in more families on pathways to prosperity. Learn how...
BlogFebruary 20, 2024
Group photo in Aspen, CO
am delighted to share a love note in the form of Ascend’s 2023 Impact and Inspiration Report. In it, you will see how by making the most of the ca...
PublicationFebruary 14, 2024
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Tiana C. McCoy – Senior Associate, Operations and Convenings at Ascend – provides an inside look at the experience of a Fellows Forum.
BlogMay 2, 2023
Poverty is the result of poor policy choices. These choices reflect our national values and decide who deserves access to opportunity to achieve their...
Ascend FellowshipJanuary 21, 2022

Convenings Featuring Christine Norbut Beyer

Location: Aspen Meadows, 845 Meadows Rd, Aspen, CO 81611
At Aspen VisionXChange, we aimed to:...
ConveningJuly 31, 2023
– August 1, 2023
Location: Aspen, CO (in-person) & Live Webcast (virtual)
What dreams do we all have for our children? What do we do differently when we recognize everyone is deserving, that parents do the best they can in challenging circumstances, and that children thrive when they’re with those who love them? ...
ConveningAugust 1, 2023
Location: Virtual & In-Person in Washington, DC
Over the course of two days, our discussions focused on bold, equitable, and pragmatic strategies for building prosperity and well-being for all families. Sessions include insights from the latest two-generation (2Gen) family data, examples of...
ConveningApril 11, 2023 – April 12, 2023
Location: Washington, DC & Virtual
Over the course of a year, leaders from across the country came together for the Aspen Two-Generation Prenatal to Three Learning and Action Community (2GP3 LAC). Today, you will hear key findings from their work and explore lessons for truly...
ConveningApril 12, 2023