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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Feb 2015
The CFRC Newsletter for February 2015
In this issue: "CFRC begins work on the Oregon Differential Response Initiative," "Evaluating Post-Reunification Services in Wisconsin," "Monitoring Critical Child Welfare Outcomes in Illinois," and "Examining Child Fatalities in Illinois."

Jan 2015 / Presentation 
The Developmental Trajectories of Delinquency Among Adolescent Females
Most trajectory research related to crime focuses on males and studies the offending behaviors from childhood to adulthood. Only very few studies focus on developmental trajectories of female delinquency during adolescence. Given that increasing…

Nov 2014 / Presentation 
Prosecutor Assessment of the Value of Physical and Forensic Evidence in Sexual Assault Cases
The use of forensic evidence in sexual assault cases is prominent in TV crime dramas, but no studies have examined how prosecutors actually use forensic evidence in these cases and what impact it has in trials. This presentation provides preliminary …

Oct 2014 / Presentation 
Meta-Analysis of Substance Abuse Treatment Intervention on Child Welfare Outcomes
Substance abuse has been a serious problem among families involved in child welfare systems. Much effort has been devoted to improve caregivers' engagement and retention in substance abuse treatment programs for better child welfare outcomes, but…