Child Welfare

Child welfare systems serve millions of children and families around the world. For decades, Chapin Hall has researched how these systems work and their impact on those they serve. We use that research to help child welfare jurisdictions improve performance, and to shape public policy to advance the use of evidence-based approaches across the child welfare field.

Focus Areas

Our Work Focuses On

Child Welfare Capacity Building

Integrating and improving systems to improve family outcomes is the focus of Chapin Hall’s local, national and international child welfare capacity building efforts. Find project descriptions and reports related to this work.
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Data Analysis

Reports and project descriptions that demonstrate how rigorous data analysis in child welfare systems helps define problems and inform solutions.
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Foster Care

Outcomes for foster youth--from education to housing to economic independence--are explored in Chapin Hall’s unrivaled body of research on those who have been in the foster care system.
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Other Research

The intersection of juvenile justice and child welfare, program evaluations, child abuse prevention and more are explored in a range of child welfare-related reports.
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Child Welfare Resources

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Recent Content
Child Welfare

Recent Content

Report
Final Wave of CalYOUTH Study Surveys Former Foster Youth at Age 23
This report presents findings from an evaluation of the impact of the California Fostering Connections to Success Act on outcomes during foster youth's...
2020
Report
Trauma a Contributing Factor to Youth Moving From Child Welfare System to Juvenile Justice System
This study explores the role of trauma, child welfare involvement, and other factors among youth who crossed over from the child welfare system into the...
2018
Report
Nearly One-Third of Foster Youth in California Not Involved with Creating Transitional Independent Living Plan
This memo investigates two aspects of foster youths’ transition planning: their roles in their transitional independent living plan development and their level...
2020
Report
Foster Youth Would Benefit from Emphasis on Prevention and Treatment to Reduce Justice System Involvement
This memo examines CalYOUTH participants’ justice system involvement within two timeframes: (1) involvement before their age-17 interview and (2) involvement...
2020
Report
COVID-19 and Child Welfare: Using Data to Understand Trends in Maltreatment and Response
This work summarizes efforts to respond to concerns about child welfare during the COVID-19 pandemic and provide empirical guidance to child welfare system...
2020
Report
Embedding Legal Support in Preventive Health Care
This study examines the effects of embedding holistic problem solving with legal support into preventive health care for young children.
2020
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