UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS URBANA-CHAMPAIGN

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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Jan 2023 / News Release    

In this issue: Governor appoints CFRC Director Dr. Tamara Fuller to serve on disproportionality advisory committee, a new project examining subsidized guardianship disparities, a new report addressing racial disproportionality, new faces at the…

Jan 2023 / News Release    

Continuing her efforts to improve conditions for children in foster care, Children and Family Research Center (CFRC) Director Tamara Fuller was recently appointed by Governor J.B. Pritzker to sit on the Advisory Commission on Reducing the…

Jan 2023 / Research Brief    

When children are removed from their home because of maltreatment, the goal of the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) is to return them to a loving, safe, stable, and permanent home as soon as possible. Unfortunately, the…

Dec 2022 / Report    

HB2914 requires the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services to submit an annual report regarding racial disproportionality for children involved in the Illinois child welfare system. The report, which is due on December 31 of each year,…

Dec 2022 / Research Brief    

Serious concerns about the over-representation of Black children in the Illinois child welfare system have led to urgent calls to action to address the issue. In order to develop effective interventions, reliable and ongoing data about racial…

Dec 2022 / Report    

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.…