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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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Sep 2021 / Journal Publication    

Mississippi's Experience Implementing a Statewide Child Advocacy Studies Training (CAST) Initiative

In response to a national deficit in education about child maltreatment, colleges and universities throughout the United States provide Child Advocacy Studies Training (CAST) courses and CAST…

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Sep 2021 / Report    
 

FY2021 Program Evaluation of the Child Protection Training Academy for New DCFS Investigators

In FY2021, the Children and Family Research Center’s (CFRC) evaluation team again used multiple sub-studies to examine the implementation and outcomes of simulation training for new child…

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Aug 2021 / Research Brief    
 

Examining Child Deaths in Illinois: Highlights from the FY2021 Child Death Review Team Annual Report

This research brief highlights the findings from the most recent CDRT annual report on child deaths that occurred in Illinois in 2019. The brief presents summary information about child deaths in…

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