CCFL faculty are actively involved in a wide variety of research activities. Funding from federal and state agencies and private foundations supports policy planning studies, policy impact investigations, program evaluations, needs assessments, secondary analyses of data, social indicator studies, and basic theoretical research.

  • Risk assessment models in child protective services
  • Analysis of factors contributing to variation in child maltreatment reporting and substantiation rates throughtout the state
  • Ethical and legal problems related to the Human Genome Project
  • Effectiveness of computer-based support networks for families with children with special health care needs
  • Assessment of independent living skills for youth who were formerly wards of the state
  • Impact of welfare reform on youth
  • Examining whether procedural justice in resolving family disputes is associated with family support, conflict, and individual functioning in adolescence
  • Ethical, psychosocial, and legal issues in sibling bone marrow donation
  • Effectiveness of home-, school-, and neighborhood-based services in child mental health and juvenile justice
  • Program Evaluations
  • Basic, Applied, Policy

Our mission

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.

Smiling Kids

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).