Release date: 11-9-2010
Faculty Associate research highlighted: David Crampton, PhD
Child welfare agencies are often caught between criticism that they do not intervene enough to protect children and criticism that they are ‘baby snatchers’ who disrupt family and community life. Federal child welfare funding can reinforce these dynamics by limiting service options and emphasizing out-of-home care. These challenges have contributed to a system in which child welfare workers can be disconnected from the communities they serve. The Annie E. Casey Foundation’s Family to Family Initiative is one of several broad efforts to move the debate away from a false choice about whether CPS should intervene more or less in families’ lives, and instead develop strategies for engaging families and communities in the care and protection of children. Results from a recent evaluation of Family to Family suggest how communities and child welfare agencies can work together to reduce child maltreatment. From 2006- 2009, Dr. Crampton was a member of a national research team evaluating the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s Family to Family Initiative.