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May 22, 2019 | Chris Scharenbroch
Most child welfare systems use some form of risk assessment to inform critical casework decisions. When validated and implemented well, risk assessments can help agencies identify families that may benefit most from services. When developed or used improperly, these tools can contribute to dispropor…
Winnie Ore
May 22, 2019 | Debra Illingworth Greene
Every individual who enters the juvenile justice or adult corrections system is unique, with different needs, attitudes, learning styles, and motivations. The key to successful supervision, whether in a facility or the community, is to account for this variety. “One size fits all” does not work in c…
Mike Pearson
May 2, 2019 | Debra Illingworth Greene
You don’t need to be a policymaker or work inside the criminal justice system to have an impact on mass incarceration in the United States. Mike Pearson, an NCCD board member, makes it his business to impact the system.     Pearson, a self-described social entrepreneur, is the founder, president, an…
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…
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 Family 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 researching,…
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…