Yu-Ling Chiu - Research Specialist
Dr. Yu-Ling Chiu received her master's in Social Work from the Tung-Hai University of Taiwan in 2001 and her master's in Applied Social Sciences from Case Western Reserve University in 2008. In 2014, she earned her Ph.D. in Social Work from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and her dissertation was titled The Developmental Trajectory of Delinquency Among Adolescent Females. She received considerable practical experience in research conducted through her involvement on several research projects (e.g. the MacArthur project) at the Children and Family Research Center at UIUC during her Ph.D. study. She also had four years of post-master's practice experience in Taiwan before coming to the United States. As a social worker, she worked with both victims and perpetrators of child maltreatment and domestic violence, as well as immigrant mothers. She currently works as a research specialist at the Children and Family Research Center.
Yu-Ling believes research is an important tool to inform policy and practice. She is deeply concerned with the well-being of children, youth, and families in the child welfare and juvenile justice systems. Her research focuses on the effectiveness of child welfare or juvenile justice related programs or services and workforce development.
As a research specialist, Yu-Ling currently works on multiple evaluation projects including Illinois DCFS Monitoring Reports of the B.H. Consent Decree, Illinois Child Endangerment Risk Assessment Protocol reports, Program Evaluation of Child Protection Training Academy for New DCFS Investigators, Illinois Children Healthcare Foundation’s Children’s Mental Health Initiative 2.0, and Program Evaluation of Mississippi’s Child Advocacy Studies Initiative. Her past project includes Oregon DHS Differential Response Initiative evaluation project. She also assists with the Illinois DCFS SACWIS and CYCIS data analysis and grant writing.
Conditions of Children in or at Risk of Foster Care in Illinois: FY2019 Monitoring Report of the B.H. Consent Decree
Tamara Fuller, Martin Nieto, Shufen Wang, Kyle A. Adams III, Satomi Wakita, Steve Tran, Yu-Ling Chiu, Michael Braun, Theodore P. Cross, Laura Lee, Aaron Burnett, Heidi Meyer
Since its inception in 1996, the Children and Family Research Center (CFRC) has produced an annual report that monitors the performance of the Illinois child welfare system in achieving its stated goals of child safety, permanency, and well-being. The FY2019 monitoring report uses child welfare administrative data through December 31, 2018 to describe the conditions of children in or at risk of foster care in Illinois. Following an introductory chapter, the results are presented in five chapters that examine critical child welfare outcomes, including child safety, continuity and stability in care, legal permanence, racial disproportionality, and child well-being.
FY2019 Program Evaluation of the Child Protection Training Academy for New DCFS Investigators
Yu-Ling Chiu and Theodore P. Cross
The FY2019 evaluation report of CPTA's simulation training included the following sections: 1) description of CPTA's updated training model; 2) daily experience of simulation training (DEST) that measured trainees’ daily changes in confidence on thirteen child protection work skills over the course of the simulation training week; 3) post-training satisfaction survey regarding trainees’ experience of the certificate training ; 4) simulation training and investigator turnover using DCFS employment data. The findings show that the positive results over three years of the program evaluation support the value of CPTA and suggest the potential of its current expansion. It is encouraging that investigators hired since February 2016 are staying on the job longer than investigators hired prior to that date. Data can be used both to advocate for the value of CPTA and to inform efforts at program improvement.
Illinois Child Endangerment Risk Assessment Protocol FY2019 Annual Evaluation
Tamara L. Fuller, Satomi Wakita, Yu-Ling Chiu, Martin Nieto, and Laura Lee
CERAP procedures specify when a safety assessment is supposed to be completed during investigations, prevention services cases, intact family service cases, and placement cases. Recent CERAP evaluations have focused on caseworker completion at each of the milestones for intact family cases, with the exception of milestone three, which specifies that the a safety assessment should be completed “whenever evidence or circumstances suggest that a child’s safety may be in jeopardy.” The FY2019 CERAP evaluation focused on CERAP safety assessments that were completed for this milestone three among intact family cases that were opened during 2014-2018. The main findings revealed that between 8-10% of the intact family cases opened each year had a CERAP completed for this milestone (MS3). When a MS3 CERAP was completed, about 36% did not have any safety threats identified, about 40-45% had one safety threat identified, and 16-17% had two safety threats identified. Additional analyses are included in the report.
Using Simulation Training to Teach Child Protection Investigators in Illinois-Program Evaluation of the Child Protection Training Academy (CPTA)
Yu-Ling Chiu, Theodore P. Cross, Betsy P. Goulet, Susan Oppegard Evans, and Monico Whittington-Eskridge
The CFRC evaluation team collaborated with the CPTA at the University of Illinois Springfield and the DCFS Office of Learning & Professional Development on a presentation at the 2019 National Child Welfare Evaluation Summit on August 20th. The presentation included discussion of the CPTA simulation training model, the main evaluation findings between 2017 and 2019, and the simulation training expansion at the Chicago site.
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 representation in the general population. One of the goals in the Department’s Child Welfare Transformation Strategic Plan is to track racial equity at critical decision points to help inform planning and decision making. With special concerns about children age 0 to 5, the Children and Family Research Center per a request from Illinois DCFS prepared this report by examining racial disproportionality specifically for this population in the Illinois child welfare system at critical decision points during 2012-2018.
Assessing an Innovative Method for Training Child Protection Investigators
Betsy Goulet, Theodore Cross, Yu-Ling Chiu
Presentation at the One Loud Voice Conference in Biloxi Mississippi, April 16, 2019
Assessing an Innovative Method for Training Child Protection Investigators
Yu-Ling Chiu, Theodore Cross, Betsy Goulet, Susan Oppegard Evans, Monico Whittington-Eskridge, and Amy Wheeler
The investigator survey results in the second year evaluation of the Child Protection Training Academy’s Simulation Program were presented on January 20th, 2019 at the Society for Social Work and Research (SSWR) Annual Conference in San Francisco.
Highlights from the FY2018 Monitoring Report of the B.H. Consent Decree
Tamara Fuller, Steve Tran, Yu-Ling Chiu, and Michael Braun
The highlights of each chapter from the FY2018 Monitoring Report of the B.H. Consent Decree.
FY2018 Disproportionality and Disparity Report
Tamara Fuller, Yu-Ling Chiu, Michael Braun, Martin Nieto, and Kyle Adams
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 representation in the general population.One of the goals in the Department’s Child Welfare Transformation Strategic Plan is to track racial equity and disparity at critical decision points to help inform planning and decision making.This report provides information relevant to that goal by examining racial disproportionality and disparity in the Illinois child welfare system at five critical decision points over the past seven years.
FY2018 Program Evaluation of the Child Protection Training Academy for New DCFS Investigators
Ted Cross and Yu-Ling Chiu
The current report presents results from program evaluation activities conducted in FY2018. We used interviews and focus groups to explore the processes through which CPTA has an impact. In addition, we assessed the impact of CPTA on the experience of working DCFS investigators. We surveyed DCFS investigators and compared those investigators who have received simulation training with a group of investigators who had not received simulation training.