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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May 2020 / News Release    

The CFRC Newsletter for May 2020

In this issue: Child Protetcion During the Pandemic, Research Briefs from the Well-Being Study, A Trip to Birmingham, and more!

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Mar 2020 / Research Brief    

Children’s Relationships with Birth Parents when Children are in Out-of- Home Care: Findings from the 2017 Illinois Child Well-Being Study

Most children in out-of-home care because of child maltreatment remain attached to their birth parents despite the abuse or neglect they have suffered from them. This research brief reports on…

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Mar 2020 / Research Brief    

Resilience of Children in DCFS Care: Findings from 2017 Illinois Child Well-Being Study

Disproportionate percentages of children in out-of-home care have poor outcomes on child development, health, behavioral health, and education. Yet some children in out-of-home care are resilient and…

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