THE NCCPR EVIDENCE BASE: Brief Analyses and Commentaries

The NCCPR QUICK READ Almost everything on this site boiled down to two pages.

The Evidence is in: Foster Care vs. Keeping Families Together: The Definitive Studies. NCCPR’s analysis of studies comparing outcomes for more than 15,000 children, with links to the full studies.  Children left in their own homes typically fared far better than comparably maltreated children placed in foster care.

80 Percent Failure: A Brief Analysis of the Casey Family Programs Northwest Foster Care Alumni Study

BIG DATA IS WATCHING YOU. Our report on a dangerous new fad in child welfare: “Predictive Analytics.”

Epidemic of Hype: How hysteria over heroin methamphetamine has become the latest excuse to “take the child and run.”

UPDATED: THE CASE AGAINST CASA:  How the Most Sacred Cow in Child Welfare Hurts the Children it is Meant to Help 

A Foster Parent Speaks Out. A foster parent shares her observations about the child welfare system in her state.  

MINORITY REPORT. Our analysis of the dreadful recommendations from a federal advisory commission on child abuse fatalities. Full analysis, press release, Updates on the NCCPR Child Welfare Blog

Curbing child abuse fatalities: What works – and what doesn’t: From the NCCPR Child Welfare Blog, our analysis of a key study, and a link to the full study.

THE CHILDREN WRONGED BY “CHILDREN’S RIGHTS” How the 800 pound gorilla of child welfare litigation sometimes harms the children it wants to help. 

YOU GET WHAT YOU PAY FOR.  NCCPR’s briefing paper and recommendations on how the federal government pays for family preservation and foster care.  

Residential Treatment: What the Research Tells Us (and all-purpose foster care-industrial complex excuse check-list)

CHILD ABUSE IS WAY DOWN (DON’T TELL ANYONE) Our analysis of a major new study of child abuse (NIS-4) 

SOLUTIONS: Doing Child Welfare Right

SOLUTIONS: Civil Liberties Without Exception: NCCPR’s Due Process Agenda for Children and Families

When Children Witness Domestic Violence: Expert Opinion

A Child Welfare Timeline: Setting the Record Straight on Recent Child Welfare History  

ASFA, “Aging out” and the Growth in Legal Orphans. How the so-called Adoption and Safe Families Act increased the number of young people who leave foster care with no ties to their birth parents and no adoptive home either.

An Analysis of ASFA: From the New England Law Review, NCCPR Executive Director Richard Wexler’s analysis of the so-called Adoption and Safe Families Act. 

Where are America’s foster children? Our interactive database showing which states overuse the worst forms of care, and which make most use of the least harmful option 

“Children’s Rights” Should Include the Fourth Amendment: Our special website about Camreta v. Greene, the first major child protective services case to reach the U.S. Supreme Court in 21 years.

The children who don’t matter to “Every Child Matters” From the NCCPR Child Welfare Blog, a series of posts analyzing ECM’s grossly misleading report on child abuse. And see also our 2010 update. 

The Trouble With CFSRs. NCCPR’s analysis of the federal government’s Child and Family Services Reviews.

CHILD WELFARE WAIVERS: THE STAKES FOR YOUR STATE: NCCPR’s state-by-state guide to federal child welfare waivers explains how much federal foster care money could be used for better alternatives in each state. Also: We grade the first set of waiver proposals in our NCCPR Child Welfare Waiver Proposal Report Card. 

WHY MORE MANDATORY REPORTING HURTS CHILDREN. When Congress was considering legislation to turn every American into a mandated reporter of child abuse, we explained why more mandatory reporting would backfire.