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 2020 / News Release    

The CFRC Newsletter for February 2020

In this issue: An Inside CFRC feature on our independent review of the Illinois DCFS Child Abuse and Neglect Hotline, an update on simulation training, What We're Reading and more!

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Dec 2019 / Research Brief    

Children’s Relationship with Foster Caregivers: Findings from 2017 Illinois Child Well- Being Study

Having a good relationship with a foster caregiver contributes substantially to children’s well-being in foster care. Assessing this relationship for Illinois children helps us understand and…

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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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