The Children and Family Research Center

The Children and Family Research Center, located in Urbana, Illinois, is an independent research organization created jointly in 1996 at the School of Social Work by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services. The goal of the Center is to identify research needs and support research that is policy and practice relevant and encourage and facilitate public child welfare research activities through collaborative relationships.

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Mar 2016
Video: A Brief Tour of the Center's Outcome Charts Tool
The CFRC has created a video demonstrating some of the features of our latest data visualization project — the Outcome Charts tool. You can view the video here, or download it via the link below.

Mar 2016 / Research Brief 
Youth Who Run Away From Substitute Care in Illinois: Frequency, Case Characteristics, and Post-Run Placements
Significant percentages of youth in substitute care run away at some point during their stay. Running away can be a signal of distress or of difficulties adjusting to a placement. For these reasons alone it deserves attention. It could also disrupt…

Feb 2016 / Report 
Conditions of Children in or at Risk of Foster Care in Illinois: 2014 Monitoring Report of the B.H. Consent Decree
This annual report provides information on the performance of the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services with regard to the outcomes for children who are in or at risk of substitute care. This monitoring report, required as part of the…

Feb 2016
The CFRC Newsletter for Februay 2016
In this issue: The Center’s latest monitoring report of the B.H. consent decree, an “Inside the CFRC” article on the Continuous Quality Imrovement conference, an update on our Wisconsin and Oregon evaluation projects, and more!