CSSP Alliance for Racial Equality
Nearly 60 percent of U.S. children in foster care are of color, though evidence shows parents of color are no more likely than white parents to abuse or neglect their children. This paper summarizes current research findings, exploring recent patterns involving child maltreatment and disproportionality, the role race plays at various decision-making stages in child welfare, the extent of racially disparate treatment in child welfare, and how other social systems contribute to disproportionality in child welfare.
American Humane Association
Fact sheet on child sexual abuse
The OVC assists crime victims, including abused children. Its resource center provides national and regional victimization statistics; characteristics of incidents and victims; trends; and contact information for state and local victim advocacy organizations.
J. Lawrence Aber Ph.D., Professor of Applied Psychology
Steinhardt School of Education
, New York University
New York, NY 10053
Aber is a professor of applied psychology and public policy, and he's also board chair of New York University's Institute for Human Development and Social Change. He previously taught at Barnard College, Columbia University and at the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University, where he directed the National Center for Children in Poverty. Aber's basic research examines the influence of poverty and violence, at the family and community levels, on the social, emotional, behavioral, cognitive and academic development of children and youth. An internationally recognized expert in child development and social policy, Aber has written extensively about issues. His most recent book is "Child Development and Social Policy: Knowledge for Action" (2007, APA Publications).
Lisa Amaya-Jackson Ph.D., Associate Director
National Center for Child Traumatic Stress
, Duke University Medical School
Durham, NC 27710
919.682.1552, Ext. 253; firstname.lastname@example.org
Amaya-Jackson also is an assistant professor of child and adolescent psychiatry at the medical school. Her research involves psychological trauma and exposure to violence – particularly risk factors, protective factors and treatment effects. She's interested in psychopharmacology and psychotherapy for children and adolescents with post-traumatic stress disorder and related problems. The traumatic stress center, a joint program of Duke and UCLA, coordinates the National Child Traumatic Stress Network.
4770 Buford Hwy, NE
Atlanta, GA 30341-3717
The CDC established the center in 1992 as the lead federal organization for violence prevention. It has three divisions, including one on violence prevention. Before becoming the center's director, Arias was chief of the violence prevention division's Etiology and Surveillance Branch. She has research expertise in intimate partner and family violence.
Barth's research interests include child abuse and neglect, foster care dynamics, adoption policy, shared family care, program evaluation and linkages between child welfare and juvenile justice services. He's the co-author of several books, including "Evidence for Child Welfare Policy Reform" (2005) and is co-principal investigator of the National Study of Child and Adolescent Well-Being. He has received numerous awards and was a senior Fulbright specialist in Australia in 2006.
Carol Berkowitz M.D., Principal Investigator
Childhood Injury Prevention Center
, Harbor-UCLA Medical Center
1000 W. Carson St., Box 437
Torrance, CA 90509
Berkowitz is executive vice chair of pediatrics at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center in Torrance, Calif., and professor of clinical pediatrics at UCLA's David Geffen School of Medicine. Her clinical interests are in general and emergency pediatrics, with a focus on child maltreatment. As president of the American Academy of Pediatrics in 2004-2005, she focused on setting a national agenda for child health and well-being – including providing access to care.
Berrick researches child welfare services, including developmentally-sensitive services for very young children and children's experiences in out-of-home care. She has examined neighborhood-based foster care and ways to restructure child welfare systems. She emphasizes enlisting the voices of children and families to share their experiences.
College Park, MD 20742
(AEI) 17th St. NW, Suite 1100, Washington, DC 20036
UMD: 301.405.6341; email@example.com
Besharov is a professor in UMD's School of Public Policy and a senior scholar at the American Enterprise Institute in Washington, D.C. He's also a lawyer. Besharov runs UMD's Welfare Academy, which helps state and local officials, private social service providers and others reshape programs in keeping with the 1996 welfare reform law. It has provided training in program design, implementation and evaluation for Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, Medicaid, food stamps, job training, child care and more. Besharov served as founding director of the U.S. National Center on Child Abuse from 1975 to 1979. He's the author of "Recognizing Child Abuse: A Guide for the Concerned" and 14 other books, including "The Vulnerable Social Worker: Liability for Serving Children and Families."
Bruce Boyer, Director
Civitas ChildLaw Clinic
, Loyola University
25 E. Pearson St.
Chicago, IL 60611
Boyer directs the clinic, a pediatric law office in which Loyola students learn skills to represent children and advocate for clients. Boyer focuses primarily on child maltreatment issues and has represented clients in a wide range of proceedings, including child welfare, juvenile delinquency, special education and disability hearings. Boyer has litigated, taught, consulted and written extensively in the area of child abuse and neglect. He has been appointed to the new Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism.
David Burton MSW, Assistant Professor
School for Social Work
, Smith College
Northampton, MA 01063
Burton has studied sexual aggression for more than 15 years, primarily in children and adolescents. He researches the trauma and etiology of child, adolescent and adult sexual abusers, including effectiveness of treatment for adolescent sexual abusers. Since 2001, Burton has served on the Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers' executive board and served as chair of ATSA's education and training committee.
Stephen John Ceci Ph.D., Helen L. Carr Professor of Developmental Psychology
NG25 Martha Van
Ithaca, NY 14853
Ceci’s expertise is child witness research, particularly the accuracy of children's memory and courtroom testimony in regard to allegations of physical abuse, sexual abuse and neglect. His studies of children's suggestibility detailed in his 1995 APA bestselling book, "Jeopardy in the Courtroom: A Scientific Analysis of Children's Testimony," have been cited by courts at all levels. In addition to conducting scientific research, Ceci prepares curriculum to assist judges in assessing children's competence; delivers workshops for judges, mental health and law enforcement professionals across the U.S. and Canada; and conducts translational research for the legal community on child witness issues.
Rosemary Chalk, Director
Board on Children, Youth and Families
The National Academies
500 Fifth St. NW, 11th Floor
Washington, DC 20001
Created by the National Academies in 1993, the nonpartisan board addresses policy-relevant issues involving the health and development of children, youth and families and convenes experts to analyze and evaluate research.
4101 15th Ave. NE
Seattle, WA 98195
Past president, American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children, a nonprofit organization that works to support and the dissemination of state-of-the-art practice in all professional disciplines related to child abuse and neglect.
Janice Cooper, Interim Director
National Center for Children in Poverty
, Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University
215 W. 125th St., Third Floor
New York, NY 10027
A psychologist, Knitzer has spent her career in policy research and analysis of issues affecting children and families, including mental health, child welfare and education policy. She is dedicated to the study of how public policies can improve outcomes of low-income children and better support families, particularly those who are most vulnerable. She wrote a landmark 1982 report on children’s mental health, "Unclaimed Children: The Failure of Public Responsibility to Children and Adolescents in Need of Mental Health Services." Knitzer serves on the New York State Permanent Judicial Commission on Justice for Children and the board of Family Support America. Among her many awards, she received the first Nicolas Hobbs Award for Distinguished Service in the Cause of Child Advocacy from the American Psychological Association.
Denice Cora-Bramble M.D., Executive Director
The Diana L. and Stephen A. Goldberg Center for Community Pediatric Health
Children's National Medical Center
111 Michigan Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20010
Denice Cora-Bramble, M.D., is executive director of The Diana L. and Stephen A. Goldberg Center for Community Pediatric Health at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, D.C. As a bicultural and bilingual pediatrician, Cora-Bramble has developed a number of programs to help people get access to health care. A native of Puerto Rico, Cora-Bramble completed her medical training at Howard University College of Medicine in Washington. She has held several faculty positions at the George Washington University Medical Center, including course director at the School of Public Health and Health Services. She also worked at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services as director of the quality center in the Bureau of Primary Health Care. Cora-Bramble is a recent graduate of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation Leadership Fellowship and is completing a master’s degree in business administration at Johns Hopkins University. She is an expert in the cultural competence field and has been a consultant throughout the United States, South America, Europe and the Caribbean.
Courtney is a national expert on child welfare issues and policies. He became founding executive director of the child welfare research and development center in 2007. He also joined the university's School of Social Work as the Ballmer Chair in Child Well-Being. Previously, he had been at the University of Chicago, directing its Chapin Hall Center for Children from 2001 to 2006. He has conducted extensive research on individual, family and societal contributors to the well-being of children placed in out-of-home care. His studies of youth aging out of foster care have been used extensively by legislators, agency administrators and courts around the country.
Angela Diaz M.D., Jean C. and James W. Crystal Professor of Pediatrics
Mount Sinai Adolescent Health Center, Mount Sinai School of Medicine
320 East 94th St., Second Floor
New York, NY 10128
Diaz is the director of Mount Sinai Adolescent Health Center. She is also director of Health Services for the Children’s Aid Society in New York City and is active in adolescent health advocacy and policy in the United States. Dr. Diaz's practice and policy work is focused on providing comprehensive mental and primary health services to trauma-affected adolescents. She has published numerous articles on topics such as child and adolescent sexual abuse, adolescents' access to health care and health services for immigrants.
Dodge, the William McDougall Professor of Public Policy Studies, directs the center, which aims to solve problems facing children by bringing together policy makers, practitioners and scholars from many disciplines. It's addressing issues of early childhood adversity, education policy reform and youth violence and problem behaviors. Dodge was a principal investigator on the Fast Track project, a federally funded longitudinal study of youth from age 8 to young adulthood to identify early risk factors for adolescent disorders, particularly involvement in violence and antisocial behavior. His other interests include education policy, child maltreatment and the science of child and adolescent development.
Dohrn is the center's founding director and a clinical associate professor of law. She teaches, lectures and writes about children's law and justice as well as the international human rights. Dohrn was a member of the Expert Work Group for the Adoption 2002 Project of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the Domestic Violence Child Abuse Working Group of the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges, and the steering committee of the Illinois Family Violence Coordinating Committee. In the late 1960s, Dohrn was a member of the radical Weathermen group, which plotted against the U.S. government.
Howard Dubowitz M.D., Professor of Pediatrics and Director
Center for Child Protection
, University of Maryland School of Medicine
22 South Greene St.
Baltimore, MD 21201
Special Interests: Failure to Thrive; General Pediatrics; Child Abuse and Neglect. Co-wrote "Handbook for Child Protection Practice" (Sage Publications, 2004) and "Neglected Children: Research, Practice, and Policy" (Sage Publications, 1999).
Jeffrey L. Edleson Ph.D., Director
Minnesota Center Against Violence & Abuse
University of Minnesota
105 Peters Hall, 1404 Gortner Ave.
St. Paul, MN 55108
Edleson is a professor in the Universityof Minnesota School of Social Work, where he directs the Minnesota Center Against Violence and Abuse. He has published extensively on domestic violence, group work and program evaluation. Edleson has conducted intervention research at the Domestic Abuse Project in Minneapolis for more than 16 years. He has provided technical assistance to domestic violence programs and research projects across North America as well as in Germany, Australia, Israel, Cyprus, Korea and Singapore. He was a member of the National Research Council's Panel on Research on Violence Against Women and is a consultant to the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Charles Patrick Ewing Ph.D., Professor of Law, Adjunct Professor of Psychology
State University of New York at Buffalo
723 John Lord O'Brian Hall
Buffalo, NY 14260
Ewing is the author of five books: "Fatal Families: The Dynamics of Intrafamilial Homicide"; "Kids Who Kill"; "When Children Kill: The Dynamics of Juvenile Homicide"; "Battered Women Who Kill"; and "Crisis Intervention as Psychotherapy". He is also author or co-author of approximately 60 other publications – most of which deal with issues related to violent behavior, dangerousness and other issues in forensic psychology.
John Fairbank M.D., Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Co-Director
National Center for Child Traumatic Stress
, Duke University
Fairbank is an expert in the treatment of child and adolescent mental disorders. Fairbank is currently an Associate Professor of Medical Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and the Department of Psychology, Social and Health Sciences at Duke University, positions he has held since 1998.
David Finkelhor Ph.D., Professor of Sociology and Director
Crimes Against Children Research Center
University of New Hampshire
20 College Rd., 126 Horton Social Sciences Center
Durham, NH 03824
Finkelhor researches child victimization, child maltreatment and family violence. He was one of the first people to develop estimates about the prevalence and characteristics of child sexual abuse. His recent work has focused on understanding how the nature and impact of crime and violence change as children mature.
James Garbarino Ph.D., Maude C. Clark Chair in Humanistic Psychology; Professor
Loyola University Chicago
6525 N. Sheridan Road
628 Damen Hall
Chicago, IL 60626
Garbarino researches depression in children, child abuse, psychological maltreatment, community dimensions of child maltreatment and violence prevention.
Richard J. Gelles Ph.D., Dean and Director
Center for Children's Policy, Practice and Research
, University of Pennsylvania School of Social Work
3701 Locust Walk, Caster Building
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Dean Gelles is an expert on family violence, child abuse and neglect, and family preservation. He advised legislators in drafting the federal Adoption and Safe Families Act of 1997, aimed at moving children out of foster care more quickly and, if necessary, terminating parents' custodial rights. Gelles directs the research center, which brings together scholars and professionals in law, medicine and social work to generate policies and practices for enhancing children’s welfare and protecting their rights. He also co-directs the Field Center for Children's Policy Practice and Research.
Clinical Interests: Bipolar disorder, Major Depression, Psychopharmacology
91 East Concord St., Fifth Floor
Boston, MA 02118
Betsy McAlister Groves is the author of “Children Who See Too Much: Lessons from the Child Witness to Violence Project” (Beacon Press, 2003), based on her experience as the founding director of the Child Witness to Violence Project at Boston Medical Center. She also is an assistant professor of pediatrics at Boston University School of Medicine and a past fellow at the Malcolm Weiner Center for Social Policy at Harvard University. She trains police, social workers, health providers, teachers, judges and court personnel on a range of topics associated with children and violence. Groves serves on the Massachusetts Governor’s Commission on Domestic Violence and the Massachusetts Juvenile Justice Advisory Committee. In addition, she’s been a consultant to the Massachusetts Department of Social Services, the Massachusetts Judicial Institute, the producers of “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood” and the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges. A graduate of the College of William and Mary, Groves received her master’s degree in social work from Boston University.
Neil B. Guterman is the Mose and Sylvia Firestone Professor in the School of Social Service Administration and a Faculty Associate at Chapin Hall. His scholarly interests are concerned with services targeting children and violence, and he holds special interest in child abuse and neglect prevention, as well as children's exposure to violence outside the home. Previously,Guterman was an associate professor at the Columbia University School of Social Work, where he taught courses in clinical practice and children and family services. Guterman has published and presented widely and is the author of “Stopping Child Maltreatment Before It Starts: Emerging Horizons in Early Home Visitation Services” (Sage Publications, 2001). He has provided expert consultation on the problem of children’s exposure to violence and its prevention to federal, state and local governments, the media, private foundations and legal bodies. Guterman is the associate editor overseeing the prevention section for the APSAC Advisor, an official publication of the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children.
Department of Pediatrics and Child Health
2400 Sixth Street, NW
Washington, DC 20059
Jenkins served as the 2007-2008 American Academy of Pediatrics president. Jenkins also is a professor and chair of the Department of Pediatrics and Child Health at Howard University, an adjunct professor of Pediatrics at George Washington University, and Principal Investigator at Howard for the DC-Baltimore Research Center on Child Health Disparities. Adolescent health and underserved children have been the focus of Jenkins' career. She has served on many AAP task forces and committees, including the Committee on Adolescence, the Task Forces on Pediatric AIDS and Reimbursement and the Committee on Teen Pregnancy Prevention.
3304 Benjamin Bldg
College Park, MD 20740
Brenda Jones Harden is an associate professor in the University of Maryland’s Institute for Child Study/Department of Human Development. She also directs Advocates for Children, one of the College Park Scholars’ 12 special living-learning programs for academically talented first- and second-year students. Trained as a social worker and psychologist, Jones Harden has devoted her career to practice and research relevant to children at environmental risk. Much of her work has centered on those in the child welfare system, children exposed to violence and children prenatally exposed to drugs. She has developed and evaluated interventions, including a Head Start violence prevention initiative and an Early Head Start infant mental health initiative. Jones Harden is particularly interested in the evaluation of home visiting and early intervention programs, and in using research to inform policy and practice. Her four federal research grants include the current Early Head Start initiative and another on preschool children in foster care. She has contributed to numerous scholarly journals and is the author of “Infants in the Child Welfare System” (Zero to Three, forthcoming) and co-author of “Beyond Common Sense: Child Welfare, Child Well-Being and the Evidence for Policy Reform” (Transaction, 2005). In 2000-2001, Jones Harden had a Society for Research in Child Development fellowship with the federal Administration for Children, Youth and Families. She earned a master’s degree in social work at New York University and a Ph.D. in developmental-clinical psychology at Yale University. While at Yale, she studied child development and social policy as a Bush Fellow.
University of Washington
4516 University Way
Seattle, WA 98105-6299
In 2010, Benjamin de Haan became executive director of Partners for Children. Prior to assuming this position, de Haan directed child welfare services for the State of Oregon. He has also led two university-based research centers and was the managing director of Casey Family Programs' State Strategy Division. He was the founding president of the Children's Justice Alliance, and currently serves as the president of Oregon Children's Trust Fund Foundation, a private endowment focused on preventing child maltreatment.
Susan Kellam, Senior Communications Adviser
1775 Massachusetts Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20036
Kellam promotes Brookings, a think tank supporting a wide scope of research. Its Center on Children and Families examines policies affecting the well-being of U.S. children and their parents, especially children in less advantaged families. Directed by Ron Haskins and Isabel Sawhill, it co-publishes the twice-yearly journal Future of Children.
Susan Kinnevy, Director of Research and Principal Investigator
Center for Research on Youth and Social Policy, School of Social Work
University of Pennsylvania
3815 Walnut St.
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6179
Kinnevy directs the Center for Research on Youth and Social Policy, which works to bring about positive social change by improving the way human services are developed, delivered and evaluated. Its research, planning and technical assistance focus on issues and systems affecting vulnerable populations, particularly children, while promoting social justice and social change. CRYSP has done a meta-analysis of empirical studies examining the effectiveness of juvenile correctional and treatment programs.
Jill Korbin Ph.D., Director
Schubert Center for Child Studies
, Case Western Reserve University
210 Mather Memorial Bldg, 11220 Bellflower Rd
Cleveland, OH 44106
Korbin is a cultural and medical anthropologist. She served on the National Research Council's Panel on Research on Child Abuse and Neglect, and the Institute of Medicine's Panel on Pathophysiology and Prevention of Adolescent and Adult Suicide. She is co-director of the Schubert Center for Child Development and of the Childhood Studies Program. She has published numerous articles on culture and child maltreatment and has published and conducted research on women incarcerated for fatal child maltreatment; cross-cultural childrearing and child maltreatment; health, mental health and child rearing among Ohio's Amish population; and on the impact of neighborhood factors on child maltreatment and child well-being.
Landsverk directs the Child and Adolescent Services Research Center at Children’s Hospital in San Diego, and is senior scholar at the George Warren Brown School of Social Work at Washington University in St. Louis. He has received numerous grants from the NIMH and other federal agencies to conduct research on the mental health care for children and adolescents involved with child welfare, including the Child and Adolescent Interdisciplinary Research Network. He just completed the NIMH-funded study, Caring for Children in Child Welfare, that examined the use of mental health and developmental services for children involved in the national child welfare study, the National Survey of Child and Adolescent Well-Being. He is a co-author of “Beyond Common Sense: Children Welfare, Child Well-Being, and the Evidence for Policy Reform” (Aldine Transaction, 2005).
Susan Lewis, Communications Director
National Sexual Violence Resource Center
123 North Enola Drive
Enola, PA 17025
The NSVRC is a comprehensive collection and distribution center for information, research and emerging policy on sexual violence intervention and prevention. The NSVRC provides an extensive online library and customized technical assistance, as well as coordinates National Sexual Assault Awareness Month initiatives.
Lieberman is vice chair for academic affairs at the UCSF Department of Psychiatry and director of San Francisco General Hospital's child trauma research project. She holds an endowed chair in infant mental health and studies toddler development, attachment disorders, interventions with high-risk families and the effects of early trauma. Lieberman directs the Early Trauma Treatment Network, a collaborative of the UCSF/SFGH Child Trauma Research Project, Boston Medical Center, Louisiana State University Medical Center and Tulane University. Lieberman also is president of the board of directors of Zero to Three: National Center for Infants, Toddlers and Families.
5234 Public Policy Building
Los Angeles, CA 90095
Lindsey studies decision-making in foster care, child abuse fatalities, child support and welfare reform. He is editor-in-chief of Children and Youth Services Review, a child welfare research journal.
Anthony Mannarino Ph.D., Chair, Department of Psychiatry
Center for Traumatic Stress in Children and Adolescents
, Allegheny General Hospital
4 Allegheny Center, 8th Floor
Pittsburgh, PA 15212
Mannarino is the principal investigator of the "Child and Adolescent Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Screening Project," a two-year study that aims to identify children and adolescents ages 8-16 years with significant post-traumatic stress symptoms secondary to a history of exposure to traumatic life events, and provide brief psychoeducation interventions for those with significant symptoms. He was president (2004-2006) of the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children.
Steven Marans Ph.D., Director of Trauma Programs
National Center for Children Exposed to Violence (NCCEV)
Child Study Center, Yale University
230 South Frontage Road
New Haven, CT 06520
The National Center for Children Exposed to Violence works to reduce the incidence and impact of violence on children and families; and to train and support the professionals who provide intervention and treatment to children and families affected by violence.
Lolita McDavid M.D., Director of Child Protection, Medical Director of Child Advocacy
Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital
University Hospitals Health System
11100 Euclid Ave., Mailstop RBC 6003
Cleveland, OH 44106
Dr. McDavid, a pediatrician, is the medical director of child advocacy and protection at Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital, part of University Hospitals of Cleveland/Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. She oversees community outreach and programming and coordinates medical services for at-risk children and families in northeast Ohio.
305 A Stillman Hall
1947 College Road
Columbus, OH 43210
His research interests include: child welfare policies and services; child abuse and neglect; foster care and adoption; family support and family preservation; and evaluation research. Meezan co-wrote "Gay Marriage, Same-Sex Parenting and America's Children," an article for a 2005 issue of the journal Future of Children.
Gary B. Melton, Ph.D., is director of the Institute on Family and Neighborhood Life and a professor of psychology at Clemson University. He was principal architect of the national child protection strategy proposed by the U.S. Advisory Board on Child Abuse and Neglect in 1993. Melton's work has been cited in the court system at all levels, including the U.S. Supreme Court. He is also president of Childwatch International, a global research network sponsored by the Norwegian government. Melton has served on numerous national and state advisory boards, led a congressional briefing series for more than a decade and served as a consultant to state social service, mental health, legislative and court-administrative agencies. He has written more than 275 publications on child and family policy and psychology. Much of his recent work has focused on the application of international human rights law to child and family policy. He is currently leading a multimillion-dollar project in southern Greenville County, S.C., funded by the Duke Endowment, to develop, implement and evaluate a comprehensive approach to prevent child abuse and neglect. He produces and moderates the "Community Matters" segment that airs weekly on South Carolina Educational Radio. He received his master's degree and doctorate from Boston University.
Ronald Mincy Ph.D.
, Maurice V. Russell Professor of Social Policy and Social Work Practice
School of Social Work
, Columbia University
1255 Amsterdam Ave.
New York, NY 10027
Mincy teaches and directs the School of Social Work's Center for Research on Fathers, Children and Family Well-being. He studies the effects of welfare, child support, family support, housing, and employment and training policies and practices on family formation and father involvement. Before joining Columbia's faculty in 2001, Mincy was a Ford Foundation senior program officer, working on such issues as improving U.S. social welfare policies for low-income fathers, especially child support, and workforce development policies. He also served on the Clinton Administration's Welfare Reform Task Force. Mincy is a co-principal investigator of the Fragile Families and Child Well-being Survey, and he has been involved in numerous other research grants. He is a member of the MacArthur Network on the Family and the Economy and serves on advisory boards for many organizations, including the African American Healthy Marriage Initiative and the University of Michigan's National Poverty Center.
Beth Molnar, Assistant Professor
Department of Society, Human Development and Health
, Harvard University
Kresge Building, Room 601
677 Huntington Ave.
Boston, MA 02115
Beth E. Molnar, Sc.D., is a social and psychiatric epidemiologist and an assistant professor at the Harvard School of Public Health. Her work centers on the prevalence, etiology, and mental health/behavioral consequences of child and adolescent maltreatment, and the effects of exposure to family and community violence. She will describe the Project on Human Development in Chicago Neighborhoods and some preliminary findings on the effects of exposure to family and community violence. She has a master’s of science degree in public health from Harvard’s School of Public Health and a bachelor’s of science in psychobiology from UCLA.
Barbara Needell Ph.D., Principal Investigator
Child Welfare Research Center
, University of California at Berkeley
120 Haviland Hall
Berkeley, CA 94720
Needell's interests include administrative data and child welfare services; foster care reform (Family to Family Initiative); the overrepresentation of black children in the child welfare system; and infants in foster care.
Michelle Oberman, Visiting Professor
School of Law, Santa Clara University
500 El Camino Real
Santa Clara, CA 95053
Oberman is the author of "Mothers Who Kill Their Children: Understanding the Acts of Moms from Susan Smith to the 'Prom Mom'" (New York University Press, 2001) and numerous articles on issues such as infanticide, consensual sex with minors and statuatory rape laws.
Frank M. Ochberg M.D., Clinical Professor of Psychiatry
Michigan State University
4211 Okemos Road, Suite 6
Okemos, MI 48864
Ochberg, a psychiatrist and adjunct professor of criminal Justice at Michigan State University, has worked extensively to educate journalists about victims of trauma. He is the former director of the Michigan State Department of Mental Health and a former associate director of the National Institute of Mental Health.
David Olds Ph.D., Professor of Pediatrics and Director
Prevention Research Center for Family and Child Health
University of Colorado Health Sciences Center
1825 Marion St.
Denver, CO 80218
Olds researches the long-term impact of early preventive intervention on the health and development of children and their families, including the results of prenatal and infancy home visitation programs for low-income, first-time mothers. The center has been established to design, test and disseminate interventions that improve the health and development of low-income children and their families, particularly in the prevention of child abuse and neglect, unintentional injuries to children, welfare dependence and crime.
141 Northwest Point Boulevard
Elk Grove, IL 60006
Palfrey is the 2009-2010 president of the American Academy of Pediatrics. The AAP is the nation's largest pediatric organization, with a membership of 60,000 primary care pediatricians, pediatric medical subspecialists and pediatric surgical specialists. Palfrey is also the T. Berry Brazelton Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School and directs the Children's International Pediatric Center at Children's Hospital, Boston.
Perry, a physician, was the founding director of the ChildTrauma Academy, a training and research institute working to improve the lives of high-risk children. He remains the medical director for provincial programs in children's mental health for the Alberta (Canada) Mental Health Board. Perry's research examines the long-term cognitive, behavioral, emotional, social and physiological effects of childhood trauma in children, adolescents and adults.
Arthur Reynolds Ph.D., Director
,Chicago Longitudinal Study
Professor, University of Minnesota
51 E. River Road
202 Child Development
Minneapolis, MN 55455-0345
Reynolds studies the effects of early childhood intervention on youngsters' development from school entry to early adulthood. He also investigates the family and school influences on children's educational success. Reynolds directs the Chicago Longitudinal Study, one of the largest and most extensive studies of the effects of early childhood intervention. Reynolds' project team also is documenting the determinants of child maltreatment, delinquency and crime, educational attainment and economic well-being.
Virginia Commonwealth University
1015 West Main Street
Richmond, VA 23204
Shakeshaft, an authority on school sexual abuse, says that an estimated 15 percent of students will have been sexually abused by a school staff member by the time they finish high school. This can mean anything from kissing and fondling to oral sex and intercourse. She has done research on the subject for the U.S. Department of Education.
Shoop's focus is cases involving sexual abuse between teachers and students. He is the author of "Sexual Exploitation in Schools: How to Spot It and Stop It" (Corwin Press, 2003).
Carol Spigner, Professor
School of Social Policy and Practice,
University of Pennsylvania
3701 Locust Walk
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Spigner oversaw federal child welfare programs as the Children's Bureau associate commissioner from 1994 to 1999. At Penn, she teaches and co-directs the Field Center for Children's Policy, Practice and Research, a multi-disciplinary voice for children in the child welfare system. Her current research focuses on documenting parents' experiences in the child welfare system. She also has studied the reform of state child welfare systems through foundation and litigation efforts, cultural competency, permanency planning and relative care.
Matthew Stagner, Executive Director
Chapin Hall Center for Children
, University of Chicago
1313 E. 60th St.
Chicago, IL 60637
Stagner is a nationally recognized authority on policies affecting children and families. His research includes work on youth risk behaviors, children aging out of foster care, and programs that support social services. Before joining Chapin Hall in 2006, Stagner directed the Center on Labor, Human Services and Population at the Urban Institute in Washington, D.C. Earlier, Stagner directed the Division of Children and Youth Policy in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. He has directed research for the National Research Council and the Center for the Study of Social Policy.
Testa is an associate professor of social work, a child welfare researcher and former research director for the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services. For 30 years, he has provided leadership on research and public engagement to improve the lives of children and families involved in the income assistance and child protection systems. Testa is the architect of several major child welfare innovations in Illinois, including the Home of Relative Reform in 1995 and the federal Subsidized Guardianship Demonstration in 1997. He is leading the evaluations of replications of the Illinois subsidized guardianship demonstration project in the states of Wisconsin and Tennessee.
Michael Wald, Jackson Eli Reynolds Professor of Law, Emeritus
School of Law
, Stanford University
Crown Quad 215
Stanford, CA 94305
Wald has had a distinguished career as an academic researcher and teacher. A leading national authority on legal policy toward children, he drafted the American Bar Association’s Standards Related to Child Abuse and Neglect, as well as major federal and state legislation regarding child welfare. Wald served as deputy general counsel for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services during the Clinton Administration, executive director of the San Francisco Department of Human Services, and senior adviser to the president of the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.
Clarice Dibble Walker is Professor Emeritus at Howard University's School of Social Work. She previously was Commissioner of Social Services for the District of Columbia. Mrs. Walker is president of the board of Safe Shores-The D.C. Children's Advocacy Center, and is the former chair of the board of The National Black Child Development Institute. She also serves on a number of other boards, including The Freddie Mac Foundation, D.C. Action for Children, Covenant House (D.C.), and the National Committee to Prevent Child Abuse.
Elaine Wethington, Associate Professor, Human Development and Sociology
Institute for the Social Sciences
, Cornell University
G52 Martha Van Rensselaer Hall
Ithaca, NY 14853
Wethington, co-director of the Cornell Institute for Translational Research on Aging, is a medical sociologist, specializing in the sociology of mental health and illness. Her research interests are in the areas of stress and the protective mechanisms of social support. Three current interests frame her work: 1) longitudinal studies of the impacts of life events, chronic difficulties, and their accumulation on changes in mental and physical health: 2) adaptation to work and family demands during midlife; 3) social isolation, social integration and health among older people.
Widom studies the risk of criminal behavior among children who were previously maltreated. She is also interested in risk factors of abuse, the impact of abuse and intergenerational family violence.
Fred H. Wulczyn, Research Fellow
Chapin Hall Center for Children
, University of Chicago
5 Sheffield Drive
Clifton Park, NY 12065
Wulczyn directs Chapin Hall's Multi-state Foster Care Data Archive, a longitudinal file containing the placement records of nearly 1.25 million foster children from 12 states. He's an expert on service agency administrative data analysis, studying child welfare outcomes and program development, and how states can connect fiscal data to program performance and outcomes. Wulczyn designed the Child Assistance Program, a major social experiment that won the Innovations in Government award from Harvard University and the Ford Foundation. He also developed the nation’s first proposal to change the federal law limiting states' ability to design innovative child welfare programs, which then led to the development of the Title IV-E waiver programs now used by 25 states to undertake system reform in child welfare programs. He continues to develop alternative approaches to financing child welfare programs.
Ying-Ying Yuan Ph.D., Senior Vice President
Walter R. McDonald and Associates Inc.
12300 Twinbrook Pkwy., Suite 310
Rockville, MD 20852
301.881.2590, Ext 310; firstname.lastname@example.org
Yuan and WRMA have led the team responsible for implementing the National Child Abuse and Neglect Data System
, including providing extensive technical assistance and data analysis to all states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. WRMA also developed and implemented the federal government's Statewide Automated Child Welfare Information System.
, Executive Director
1 Bridge St., Suite 56
Irvington-on-Hudson, NY 10533
WiredSafety is an online safety and help group headed by Aftab, a security, privacy and cyberspace lawyer, as well as an author and child advocate. WiredSafety focuses on providing assistance and support to law enforcement, training law enforcement and regulatory agencies, creating awareness and cybercrime prevention programs. Its patrol groups are made up entirely of volunteers.
Laura Ahearn, Executive Director
Parents for Megan's Law
PO Box 145
Stony Brook, NY
Parents For Megan's Law, Inc. is a national community and victim's rights organization dedicated to the prevention and treatment of childhood sexual abuse through the provision of education, advocacy, counseling, policy and legislative support services. Ahearn, a certified social worker, is an expert on childhood sexual abuse prevention and the management of Megan's Law on a community level.
Marilyn Barr, Executive Director
National Center on Shaken Baby Syndrome
2955 Harrison Blvd., #102
Ogden, UT 84403
In 1999, Barr founded NCSBS, the only global organization dedicated solely to preventing this form of child abuse. The nonprofit organization focuses its efforts in two areas: professional training for those who work with SBS cases, and education for parents and those who work to prevent child abuse. Earlier, she served as executive director in the Utah office of Prevent Child Abuse America, a national nonprofit advocacy organization.
Dr. Bassuk researches the impact of homelessness and the roles of violence, trauma and mental illness. She has worked on applied research projects like the Worcester Family Research Study, a comprehensive longitudinal study of sheltered homeless and low-income housed families and their children. Dr. Bassuk is currently project director for the National Child Traumatic Stress Initiative's National Collaborative for Trauma-Surviving Homeless Children, directs the National Resource Center on Homelessness and Mental Illness, and is technical project director for the federal Chronic Homelessness Initiative.
Wayne Bowers, Executive Director
Sex Abuse Treatment Alliance
P.O. Box 761
Milwaukee, WI 53201
The alliance advocates for policies that treat sexual abuse as a public health issue, saying that most people who have sexually abused can successfully learn not to abuse. Director Bowers is a former sexual offender.
Geoffrey Canada, President & CEO
Harlem Children's Zone
1916 Park Ave., Suite 212
New York, NY 10037
Canada is an advocate for and expert on issues concerning violence, children and community redevelopment. His initiatives include the Beacon School, which provides support 12 hours a day, 365 days a year to children and families in Central Harlem; and the Harlem Children's Zone Project, which works with all of the children and families in a 23-block area in Central Harlem. Previously he was director of the Robert White School, a private day school for troubled inner-city youth in Boston. He has a bachelor's degree from Bowdoin College and a master's degree from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.
David Carrier, Outreach Director
4301 Connecticut Ave., NW, Suite 350
Washington, DC 20008
The nonprofit, nonpartisan research center studies children at every stage of development. It is a key source of information on a wide range of topics, including early childhood development, foster care and adoption, education, teen sex and pregnancy, and marriage and family. The Child Trends DataBank is a one-stop source for the latest national trends and research on more than 100 key indicators of child and youth well-being. Its recent reports include “Child Care Use by Low-Income Families: Variations Across States.” The nonprofit, nonpartisan organization provides research guidance to improve policies, programs and practices affecting children and their families. Its major research areas include: early childhood and youth development; child welfare; education; health; teen sex and pregnancy; fatherhood and parenting; and marriage and family. It studies children and youth at every stage of development and in every important subgroup (e.g., by race/ethnicity, family income, immigrant status). Its online DataBank provides the latest statistics on more than 100 indicators of well-being.
National Center for Missing & Exploited Children
Charles B. Wang International Children's Building
699 Prince St.
Arlington, VA 22314
NCMEC spearheads U.S. efforts to locate and recover missing children and raises public awareness about ways to prevent child abduction, molestation and sexual exploitation. According to the most recent study (2002) an estimated 797,500 children were reported missing in 1999: 203,900 were the victims of family abductions; 58,200 were abducted by nonfamily members and 115 were victims of the most serious, long-term nonfamily abductions called "stereotypical kidnappings." The rest may have been runaways/throwaways, lost or missing for benign reasons.
Maia Christopher, Executive Director
Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers (ATSA)
4900 S.W. Griffith Drive, Suite 274
Beaverton, OR 97005
ATSA is an international organization focused on the prevention of sexual abuse through effective management of sex offenders and the advancement of standards and practices in the field of sex offender evaluation and treatment. Many states have local ATSA contacts, listed here
Terry Cross, Executive Director
National Indian Child Welfare Association
5100 SW Macadam Ave., Suite 300
Portland, OR 97201
503.222.4044, Ext. 112; email@example.com
Cross, an enrolled member of the Seneca Nation of Indians, is the association's developer and founder. He has at least 32 years of experience in child welfare, including a decade working directly with children and families. He also served on the faculty of Oregon's Portland State University School of Social Work. He has developed curricula for parents and for tribal child welfare staff. He also has written about culturally competent social services.
Emig has run Child Trends since late 2006. The nonprofit, nonpartisan research organization provides guidance to improve policies, programs and decisions affecting children and their families. Its major research areas include: early childhood development; child welfare; education; youth development and the transition to adulthood; health; teen sex and pregnancy; fatherhood and parenting; and marriage and family. It studies children and youth at every stage of development and in every important subgroup (by race/ethnicity, family income, parents’ marital status, immigrant status, etc.). Child Trends’ online DataBank provides the latest statistics on more than 100 key indicators of child and youth well-being.
Robert C. Fellmeth, Executive Director
Children's Advocacy Institute, University of San Diego School of Law
5998 Alcala Park
San Diego, CA 92110
The institute is an academic center and statewide law firm that advocates for children in the courts, legislature and agencies. Fellmeth joined the USD faculty in 1977, founding its Center for Public Interest Law in 1980 and the institute in 1989. Fellmeth holds the Price Chair in Public Interest Law, teaches about children's rights and consumer law, directs a dependency court clinic representing abused children, and writes the annual California children's budget. Earlier, he was an attorney with the Center for the Study of Responsive Law in Washington, D.C., a deputy district attorney for San Diego County and an assistant U.S. attorney based there. He’s active on the boards of several foundations and associations, including Voices for America’s Children and the National Association of Counsel for Children. He has written at least 14 books, including “Child Rights and Remedies.”
Sarah Greenblatt, Director
Casey Center for Effective Child Welfare Practice
,Casey Family Services
127 Church St.
New Haven, CT 06510
Greenblatt oversees the center, which offers technical assistance to those involved in family services. It aims to ensure positive outcomes for vulnerable children and families; coordinate and provide quality technical assistance; and develop knowledge and learning opportunities that support practice, program and policy improvements in the wider child welfare field.
The national, nonprofit anti-crime organization represents more than 3,000 police chiefs, sheriffs, prosecutors, other law enforcement leaders and violence survivors. It takes a hard-nosed look at crime prevention strategies and urges investment in research-tested programs.
Martha Henry, Director
Center for Adoption Research
, University of Massachusetts Medical School
196 Maple Ave.
Shrewsbury, MA 01545
The center works to improve foster care and adoption policy and practice by conducting research and policy analysis – and by developing education and training programs. It translates findings to reach policy makers and practitioners whose work affects children and families involved in foster care and adoption. Many of the center's staff members have personal connections to foster care and adoption. The center develops practical responses to the challenges of adoption and foster care, and addresses a broad range of regional, national and international adoption issues.
Wayne Ho, Executive Director
Coalition for Asian American Children & Families (CACF)
50 Broad St., Suite 1701
New York, NY 10004
212.809.4675, Ext. 101; firstname.lastname@example.org
The Coalition for Asian American Children and Families (CACF) is an advocacy organization dedicated to improving the health and well-being of Asian Pacific American children in New York City. CACF is the nation's only pan-Asian children's advocacy organization.
Joyce Johnson, Communications Director
Child Welfare League of America
2345 Crystal Drive, Suite 250
Arlington, VA 22202
Johnson serves as the press liaison for the CWLA. The association of nearly 800 public and private nonprofit agencies assists more than 3.5 million abused and neglected children and their families each year with a range of services. Its many programs include those on child protection, domestic violence and juvenile justice. It's based in Washington, D.C.
The nonpartisan research institute investigates, analyzes and seeks solutions to U.S. social and economic problems. It works on issues involving work and income, housing and communities, child welfare, and civic engagement and philanthropy. Urban has 10 policy centers, including those focusing on low-income working families, economic security, education, health policy, criminal justice and taxes.
Marsha Levick, Legal Director
Juvenile Law Center
The Philadelphia Building, 4th Floor
1315 Walnut St.
Philadelphia, PA 19107
Levick, an advocate for juvenile and women's rights, co-founded the center. She has represented children in delinquency and dependency proceedings and litigated challenges to conditions of confinement in juvenile institutions. She has worked to develop standards for prosecuting juveniles in the adult criminal justice system, and she's developing strategies to address girls' special needs in the juvenile justice and child welfare systems.
Marcia Robinson Lowry, Director
Children's Rights Inc.
330 Seventh Ave., Fourth Floor
New York, NY 10001
Children’s Rights works to promote and protect the rights of abused and neglected children in failing foster care systems, using policy analysis, public education and the power of the courts. Lowry founded Children’s Rights in 1995. Formerly director of the Children's Rights Project of the New York Civil Liberties Union and the American Civil Liberties Union, Lowry pioneered the first body of law to protect children in foster care, bringing increased attention and public scrutiny to systems that were all but ignored.
Patrick McCarthy, President
The Annie E. Casey Foundation
701 St. Paul St.
Baltimore, MD 21202
Since 1948, AECF has worked to build better futures for disadvantaged children and their families in the United States. Its primary mission is to foster public policies, human service reforms and community supports that more effectively meet the needs of vulnerable children and families.
Allison Nadelhaft, Public Relations Manager
National Association of Social Workers
750 First St. NE, Suite 700
Washington, DC 20002
NASW is the largest membership organization of professional social workers in the world, with 153,000 members. It works to enhance the professional growth and development of its members, to create and maintain professional standards and to advance sound social policies.
William O'Hare Ph.D., Senior Fellow
, The Annie E. Casey Foundation
701 St. Paul St.
Baltimore, MD 21202
410.547.6600, Ext. 2049; WOhare@aecf.org
O’Hare is a senior fellow at Casey and a visiting senior fellow at the University of New Hampshire’s Carsey Institute. At Casey, he has worked on Kids Count, a national and state-by-state effort that tracks the status and well-being of U.S. children, since 1990. He directed the project from 1993 to 2006. At Carsey, he joins in policy research on youth and working families in small cities and rural communities. Earlier, the social demographer directed policy studies at the Population Reference Bureau in Washington, D.C., and population and policy research at the University of Louisville’s Urban Studies Institute. O’Hare has testified before Congress on issues related to measurements of poverty and race. He has served on an advisory committee to the U.S. Census Bureau and as president of the Southern Demographic Association.
Seattle, WA 98119
800.628.3233, Ext. 202; email@example.com
CASA promotes the best interests of abused and neglected children who are involved in the juvenile courts. Staff members work with state and local CASA and volunteer guardian ad litem programs to support quality volunteer advocacy to help assure each child a safe, permanent, nurturing home. Piraino has served as CEO since 1994. While practicing law, he represented children as a guardian ad litem and served as a consultant to international social service and child advocacy organizations in Europe and Southeast Asia. Earlier, he worked as a juvenile probation officer and was an associate research scientist for Columbia University's National Center for Children in Poverty.
Ben Saunders Ph.D., Professor
National Crime Victims Research and Treatment Center
, Medical University of South Carolina
165 Cannon St., Box 250852
Charleston, SC 29425
Saunders, a licensed independent social worker and marriage and family therapist, directs the center's family and child program. He's also on the faculty of MUSC's National Violence Against Women Prevention Research Center. Saunders’ research, training and clinical interests include the impact of violence and abuse on children and adolescents; the epidemiology of trauma, violence and abuse; treatment approaches; and effective methods for disseminating evidence-based practices. His work on child abuse victims, sexual offenders and incestuous families has been funded by several federal agencies. Saunders maintains a clinical practice and serves on the editorial boards of several professional journals.
Linda Spears, Vice President
Child Welfare League of America
2345 Crystal Drive, Suite 250
Arlington, VA 22202
Spears has worked on the front lines of child protection and in senior management of child welfare services for more than 25 years. Spears has served as associate vice president for programs, guiding CWLA's research, consultation, training and best practice activities in program areas including foster care, adoption and domestic violence.
Deborah Donovan Rice, Executive Director
STOP IT NOW!
351 Pleasant St.
Northampton, MA 01060
The nonprofit, founded in 1992 by a child-abuse survivor, provides information and resources to help keep children safe. Its network of community-based programs provides training to recognize, acknowledge and confront behaviors that can lead to the sexual abuse of children. It operates a toll-free helpline – 1.888.PREVENT – that allows callers to confidentially voice concerns about their own or others' sexualized behavior toward children.
Joe Theissen, Vice President for Policy and Government Affairs
Voices for America’s Children
1000 Vermont Ave. NW, Suite 700
Washington, DC 20005
Theissen leads federal lobbying efforts for Voices, a nonpartisan, national organization committed to speaking out for the well-being of children at the federal, state and local levels of government. It represents member organizations in nearly every state, as well as the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Before joining Voices in spring 2007, he was special assistant to the president for the Points of Light Foundation.
Paul Vincent, Director
Child Welfare Policy and Practice Group
428 E. Jefferson St.
Montgomery, AL 36104
334.264.8300, Ext. 13; firstname.lastname@example.org
Vincent, a former director of Alabama's Division of Family and Children's Services, is a co-founder of the group. The private nonprofit, staffed by child welfare and mental health professionals, assists child welfare systems in designing and managing organizational changes that improve outcomes for children and their families. Vincent and his colleagues have consulted with at least a third of the nation's child welfare systems.
Richard Wexler, Executive Director
National Coalition for Child Protection Reform
53 Skyhill Road, Suite 202
Alexandria, VA 22314
The coalition is dedicated to seeking comprehensive change in the child protective system. Its members believe that many children taken from their homes and placed in foster care don't need to be there; that these children could have been safely kept in their own homes. Wexler's interest in the child welfare system grew out of 19 years of work as a reporter for newspapers, public radio and public television.
Nancy Willard, Executive Director
Center for Safe and Responsible Internet Use
474 W 29th Ave.
Eugene, OR 97405
The Web site provides information to parents, educators, librarians, policymakers and others, so they can assist young people in safe, responsible use of the Internet and other information technologies. Willard, a consultant, holds a law degree and master's degree in special education, working with emotionally at-risk children. She writes a blog and has penned two books about cyber bullying.
Schneider became acting assistant secretary in April 2007. ACF oversees programs that promote the social and economic well-being of America’s children, youth and families. Before joining ACF, Schneider served as the general counsel at the National Endowment for the Humanities. During his NEH appointment, he spent a year as deputy associate director of the White House Office of Presidential Personnel.
Kenneth Wolfe, ACF Acting Deputy Director
Administration on Children and Families
, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
370 L'Enfant Promenade, SW
Washington, DC 20201
ACF funds state, territory, local and tribal organizations to improve the economic and social well-being of families, children, individuals and communities. It oversees roughly 60 programs involving child welfare and child support, Head Start, child care, family violence, and fatherhood and marriage.