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

Access Chapin Hall toolkits, webinars, and other resources for child welfare.
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Recent Content
Child Welfare

Recent Content

News
Chapin Hall Identifies Systemic Issues in Assessment of IL DCFS Intact Families Program
Chapin Hall released its Systemic Review of Critical Incidents in Intact Family Services, an assessment of this Illinois Dept. of Children and Family Services...
May 15, 2019
Report
Systemic Challenges at Illinois DCFS Contribute to Oversight Lapses in Child Fatality Cases
This Review identifies systemic factors that contributed to child deaths and critical incidents among children whose families received Intact Family Services...
2019
Report
California Foster Youth in Extended Care Have Better Postsecondary Education Outcomes
This memo evaluates the impact of extended foster care on three postsecondary education outcomes.  
2019
Report
Developmental Perspective Important when Considering Placement Options
This report highlights the importance of understanding placement outcomes from a developmental perspective and how outcomes differ for young people depending on...
2017
Report
Improvements in Service System Collaboration Lead to Youth Spending More Time in Extended Foster Care
This memo examines the relationship between several county-level factors and youths’ extended foster care participation among a sample of older adolescents in...
2019
Report
Foster Youth, Caseworkers Diverge in Views of Youths’ Preparedness for College
This memo adds to the growing literature on the transition to college for young people in foster care, focusing specifically on issues of preparedness to enter...
2019
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