The Children's Bureau funds and supports research initiatives and submits mandated reports to Congress to better disseminate child welfare information as well as improve practices and policies.
Adoption and Foster Care
- A Report to Congress on Barriers and Success Factors in Adoptions from Foster Care: Perspectives of Families and Staff Supported by the Adoption Opportunities Program: This report outlines the findings of two adoption research studies that identified the child, family, and agency factors that presented as barriers or promoters of successful adoptions from foster care.
- A Report to Congress on Interjurisdictional Adoption of Children in Foster Care : This report describes the nature, scope, and impact of interjurisdictional adoption placement and the strategies that improve outcomes for children in foster care who are placed for adoption in other jurisdictions.
- A Report to Congress on States' Use of Waivers of Non-Safety Licensing Standards for Relative Foster Family Homes: This report describes States' data on the number of children in foster care placed in relative foster family homes. It also includes information on the types of non-safety licensing standards waived and states' strategies for increasing licensing among relative caregivers.
- Chafee Independent Living Evaluation Project: This project identifies programs that can be rigorously evaluated and determines the effects of the Chafee Foster Care Independence program in achieving key outcomes for participating youth.
- Terminating the Parental Rights of Older Children (TPR): This project provides a study of the effects of the termination of parental rights on older foster youths' foster care and adoptive experiences.
- Child Welfare Systems' Responses to Children of Color: This project examines the child welfare system's response to children of color and identifies practices that address perceived racial or cultural disparities within the system. It also pilots studies on policies and practices regarding services for children of color in the child welfare system.
- Family Preservation and Family Support Services Program (FP/FS): This study evaluates how states and communities implemented the FP/FS program, the ways in which program implementation changed the pre-existing service delivery system, and the effects this had on service delivery.
- Feasibility of Evaluating the State Court Improvement Program Volume I: Final Report and Feasibility of Evaluating the State Court Improvement Program Volume II: Evaluability Assessment Site Visit Summaries: The purpose of these evaluability assessments was to determine the feasibility of evaluating state Court Improvement Program (CIP) projects.
- Implementation of Promoting Safe and Stable Families by Indian Tribes (PSSF): The purpose of this study was to examine the ways in which Indian tribes used funds received under title IV-B, subpart 2 to provide services that strengthen families' abilities to care for their children.
- National Survey of Child and Adolescent Well-Being (NSCAW): The purpose of NSCAW was to assess what happens to the children and families who come in contact with the child welfare system.
Child Abuse and Neglect
- Fourth National Incidence Study of Child Abuse and Neglect (NIS-4): The study provides updated estimates of the incidence of child abuse and neglect in the United States.
- LONGSCAN Reports Visit disclaimer page : The website of the Consortium of Longitudinal Studies of Child Abuse and Neglect (LONGSCAN) provides information about the study, sample demographics, measures used.