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April 19, 2019 | Kate Beier and Karen Meulendyke
Have you ever been unsure about whether to report child abuse or neglect? You want to do what’s best for the family but aren’t certain if child protective services (CPS) is the solution, or you worry about the disruption it could cause for the family. Are you seeing signs of abuse and neglect, or ar…
April 11, 2019 | Colleen Fearing
As we learn more about “what works” in engaging adults to prevent maltreatment and self-neglect, how do we stay focused on identifying adults who are most in need of services and support? At NCCD, our response is always the same: How can we leverage data to help us answer this? In adult protective s…
April 3, 2019 | Sierra Fischer and Phil Decter
Child protection agencies invest a significant amount of time and resources in deciding which programs, services, and tools to adopt in order to meet the needs of their clients. However, even the best programs won’t help agencies reach their goals of promoting children’s safety, permanency, and well…
March 22, 2019 | Kathy Park
Equity
Over the past year, NCCD staff have engaged in deep conversations about what equity means to us and for us, both as individuals and as an organization with the mission of promoting just and equitable social systems. Many of us participated in Race Forward’s Racial Justice Leadership training last ye…
January 15, 2019 | Cynthia Burnson, PhD
One day, while sitting in the home of a mother with a young boy, I asked if her son had witnessed his father’s arrest. She told me that her family was on a walk when several police cars drove up and surrounded them. Right in front of the family, police officers arrested her husband for violating par…
January 7, 2019 | Elizabeth Harris, PhD
If sociologists had an equivalent to the Hippocratic Oath, we would probably have to swear to identify and bring to light the social structures that perpetuate inequality. Given this, it is not surprising that as a sociologist I have found myself with a career dedicated to studying child welfare ref…
December 27, 2018 | Elizabeth Harris, PhD
I was excited to learn that under the Families First Prevention Services Act, a greater number of states, tribes, and counties will soon be able to use federal funds to support evidence-based prevention of child maltreatment. At NCCD and the Children’s Research Center, we are dedicated to researchin…
December 19, 2018 | Erik Ljung
On April 30, 2014, Dontre Hamilton, an unarmed black man diagnosed with schizophrenia, was shot 14 times and killed by a Milwaukee police officer. Dontre had not been suspected of a crime: He was resting in a public park, and his only offense was making a nearby Starbucks employee uncomfortable with…
December 12, 2018 | Matt Kielty
In 2014, some journalists were asking a simple question: How often does this happen? It was early August. Michael Brown, an 18-year-old in Ferguson, Missouri, had just been shot and killed by a white officer. Quickly, reporters descended on the city, trying to make sense of the teen’s death. Beyond…
December 6, 2018 | Sara Tiano
One of the biggest trends in foster care in recent years has been the rise of relative caregivers. In most parts of the country, child welfare systems are increasingly relying on extended family members to take in abused or neglected children to prevent them from being sent to the homes of strangers…