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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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Jun 2019 / Report    
 

An Analysis of Child Deaths and Intact Family Services

In 2017, media attention in Illinois focused on a perceived increase in the number of child deaths following the “privatization” of Intact Family Services (IFS), meaning that cases were being…

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May 2019 / Report    
 

Racial Disproportionality for Children Age 0 to 5 in Illinois

Child welfare systems across the nation share the concern that children from some racial minority groups may be disproportionately represented in the child welfare system compared to their…

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Mar 2019 / Presentation    
 

The Role of Forensic Evidence in Arrest and Prosecution of Sexual Assault Cases

Presented in Urbana at the Carle Hospital SANE Seminar, March 11, 2019.

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