Serving the Nation
CCFL is committed to the development and dissemination of knowledge that advances the well-being of all the nation's children and families. Research and other scholarly work undertaken by the CCFL faculty have been instrumental in shaping policies and laws in states other than Nebraska and at the national level. Our faculty members are frequently consulted by federal and state legislators and court officials and are often asked to testify as experts in legislative and court proceedings. Center faculty frequently act as sources for the news divisions of television and radio broadcasters and the national print media. CCFL faculty also serve on a variety of boards and advisory committees for national organizations concerned with child and family policy. Among their many national scholarly outreach activities, CCFL faculty have undertaken the following:
- Testimony before the US Senate on welfare reform and children
- Briefings for federal legislative and agency officials on media violence and children
- Consultation with and legal analysis for state and federal child support enforcement officials on the constitutionality of specific child support enforcement reforms
- Regular congressional briefings, as part of the national Consortium on Children, Families, and the Law, on topics such as youth violence, child maltreatment, and juvenile justice
- Op-ed columns published in the Los Angeles Times and Washington Post on media violence and children
Is to conduct research, analyze policy, and provide education and community service. The purpose of CCFL's activities is to enhance the well-being of children, youth, and families.
Children are extraordinarily precious members of society, they are exquisitely alert, sensitive, and conscious of their surroundings; and they are extraordinarily vulnerable to maltreatment or emotional abuse by adults who refuse to give them the profound respect and affection to which they are unconditionally entitled.
- Wisdom of the Elders, quoted in Kids Are Worth It, by Barbara Coloroso, ch. 1 (1994).