Child Maltreatment/Child Welfare

Child Trends conducts research, analyzes data, and evaluates programs in virtually every area in the child welfare field. Our topics of expertise include prevention of maltreatment, child protection, court oversight, foster care, kinship care, adoption, youth in foster care transitioning to adulthood, child welfare system needs assessment, and financing. We work closely with practitioners and policymakers who rely on our research and expertise to make positive change in child welfare systems. In addition, we conduct research and evaluation to inform preventive interventions beyond the child welfare system, including home visitation and trauma-informed care initiatives.


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Child Maltreatment/Child Welfare Projects

Exploring state-level child welfare data

In the United States, child welfare systems are tasked with protecting and promoting the well-being of children and youth who have experienced, or are at risk of experiencing, maltreatment. These systems have federal ove... More
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