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February 13, 2020 | NCCD
Girls who access mental health services and/or violate probation are more likely than boys in the same situations to be removed from their homes by the juvenile justice system, finds a recent study by NCCD senior researcher Erin Espinosa, PhD. The study also found that, once removed, girls spend mor…
January 28, 2020 | Sarah Koenig
For Serial: Season Three, producer Emmanuel Dzotsi and I spent more than a year in Cleveland’s criminal courthouse watching ordinary cases, the unflashy proceedings reporters don’t usually pause over: marijuana possession, assault, disorderly conduct. The result was a nine-part series that doesn’t i…
January 15, 2020 | Jill Duerr Berrick
Child protection can seem like an impossible task. Stories about social workers’ over- or underinvolvement typically come from parents or children who experienced a tragic injustice. Too often, accounts from the media characterize caseworkers as either biased baby snatchers or error-prone bureaucrat…
December 4, 2019 | Cynthia Burnson, PhD
The Family First Prevention Services Act (FFPSA) became law in 2018 to support states in keeping children safely in their homes and out of foster care. To be eligible for this support, states must create a prevention plan listing the programs and services for which they will pursue reimbursement. T…
November 12, 2019 | Phil Decter
The Family First Prevention Services Act (FFPSA) has created a valuable opportunity for states, tribes, and local governments to receive federal reimbursement for programs and services that keep children out of foster care. However, the act relies on child welfare jurisdictions to define eligibility…
November 6, 2019 | Jovan Goodman
The primary goal for all children and families involved in the child welfare system should be reunification. In cases where this isn’t possible—or cannot happen in a reasonable timeframe—options include permanent guardianship with another relative or close family friend and/or adoption. Many factors…
October 10, 2019 | Katie Meyer
Moving from punitive to rehabilitative approaches is an integral aspect of justice system reform. The need for this change is based on current research that shows rehabilitative approaches lead to more positive outcomes for individuals—and safer communities. Beyond that, however, system reform requi…
August 21, 2019 | Erin Wicke Dankert
“With great power comes great responsibility.” I can vividly remember Uncle Ben sharing this wisdom in the movie Spider-Man. While I may not be a superhero buff, this phrase rings true to me. When I’m working on something important, I sometimes hear it quietly in the back of my mind, reminding me o…
July 24, 2019 | By Elizabeth Harris, PhD
In early August, my colleague, Miguel Becerra, and I will present a paper at the Society for the Study of Social Problems annual meeting in New York. In our paper, we use qualitative interviews and focus groups—alongside a 1950’s core sociology theory—to make sense of how parents manage the impressi…
July 12, 2019 | Chris Scharenbroch
Twenty-five years ago, decisions in child protection were made by social workers without the aid of standardized tools. These decisions were often based on workers’ perceptions of a family’s circumstances. Data were not always used or even collected, and agencies struggled to promote consistent and…