Presentation by researchers from the Child and Family Research Institute: Advancing child welfare solutions using practice experience and research expertise. Pizza will be served. Room 1.212
There are approximately 26,000 children in the Texas foster care system and over 200,000 reports of child maltreatment annually. The system of caring for children who have experienced maltreatment is complex and costly. While research has extensively documented the poor outcomes of youth who have been maltreated and/or entered foster care, little research has documented best practices for improving practices and policies for helping children and their families. Lead researchers at the Child and Family Research Institute utilize their own practice experience within the foster care system to conduct research designed to improve systems that meet the needs of foster youth and/or victims of child maltreatment. A general overview of the institute will be provided by Dr. Jim Schwab. Drs. Faulkner and Gerlach will highlight two studies related to foster care: an evaluation of a state collaboration to improve educational outcomes of foster youth and an examination of the barriers to medical evaluations for child abuse victims.