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 2021 / Research Brief    

Another Look at the Resilience of Children and Youth in DCFS Care: New Findings from the 2017 Illinois Child Well-Being Study

The 2017 Illinois Child Well-Being Study found that many children and youth in out-of-home care in the state have significant developmental, physical, emotional, behavioral and/or educational…

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Feb 2021 / News Release    

The CFRC Newsletter for February 2021

In this issue: A profile on new CFRC researcher Cady Landa, the Maltreatment in Care Dashboard, welcoming our latest Faculty Affiliates, and more!

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Feb 2021 / Report    

Child Welfare Workforce Task Force: Literature Review, Employer Survey, and Recommendations

Public Act 100-0879, enacted in August 2018, created a bi-partisan task force to: 1) study the compensation and workload of child welfare workers, 2) determine the role that these factors play in the…

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