Since 2004, Chapin Hall has conducted several projects each year in response to the research and information needs of the Director of the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS). These projects vary from analyses of the Integrated Database on Child and Family Programs in Illinois—which may take a few weeks—to large surveys of all workers in the system to learn more about a previously unstudied topic. A recently completed survey examined practice issues related to assessment and trauma-informed practice. A considerable amount of study has been conducted on the educational experiences and outcomes of foster children. One major area of research has been around health care provided to foster children, which has been done in collaboration with the DCFS Medicaid Director. Other topics over the years have included residential care, runaways, stability of care, characteristics of foster parents, and transition to adulthood. Chapin Hall researchers also collaborate with other University of Chicago faculty on specific research projects when their expertise is needed.