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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Nov 2019 / Report  

Illinois DCFS Child Abuse and Neglect Hotline Review

The Illinois Department of Children and Family Services released CFRC's findings after their five-month review of the agency's Child Abuse and Neglect Hotline. The DCFS announced that it will adopt…

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Nov 2019 / Research Brief  

Five Findings from the 2019 B.H. Monitoring Report

The Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) is responsible for assuring the safety, family permanency, and well-being of the children who have been investigated for abuse or…

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Oct 2019 / Research Brief    

Children in Out-of-Home Care and their Contact with Siblings: Findings from 2017 Illinois Child Well-Being Study

Children’s relationships with their siblings may be the one source of familial love that they can count on when they are placed in out-of-home care. Yet, placement in out-of-home care can separate…

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