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 2020 / Report    

Illinois Child Endangerment Risk Assessment Protocol: FY2020 Annual Evaluation

The FY2020 CERAP evaluation uses the most recently available administrative data to re-examine the predictive validity of the CERAP by analyzing the relationship between CERAP completion at the…

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Sep 2020 / Research Brief    

Substance Use of Children and Youth in DCFS Care: Findings from the 2017 Illinois Child Well-Being Study

Research has shown that youth in out-of-home care have high rates of alcohol and illegal substance use. It is important then to track alcohol and substance use as part of monitoring the well-being of…

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Sep 2020 / Research Brief    

Delinquent Behavior of Youth in DCFS Care: Findings from the 2017 Illinois Child Well-Being Study

Several studies nationally and in Illinois have found that children in out-of-home care are at increased risk for delinquency. This brief uses data from the 2017 Illinois study of Child Well-Being to…

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