Project

Understanding Judicial Decision-Making and Hearing Quality in Child Welfare

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Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation and Children's Bureau; Administration for Children and Families

Juvenile and family court judges are responsible for deciding when children enter and exit out-of-home care and for ensuring children in the system achieve safety, permanency, and well-being.

While some research has been conducted on hearing quality, questions remain about how to support effective judicial decision-making and improve outcomes for children and families. This project will deepen our understanding of judicial decision-making and hearings during the life of a child welfare case, including factors associated with quality and influences on case planning and outcomes.

The technical approach is divided into three phases:

  • Knowledge review
  • Study design
  • Study implementation

Research briefs and presentations will be developed throughout each phase to disseminate knowledge and study findings.

Staff

  • Anne Fromknecht, M.P.H. Senior Research Associate

    Anne Fromknecht has more than 10 years of experience in applied social science, evaluation, and technical assistance. Her technical skills include project...

  • James P. DeSantis, Ph.D. Vice President

    James P. DeSantis has more than 27 years of research, program design, evaluation, technical assistance, and project management experience. His subject expertise...

  • Tammy Richards, M.Ed. Senior Research Associate

    Tammy Richards has 19 years of experience in program evaluation, applied social science research, evaluation training, and technical assistance. Her expertise...

  • Charlie Ferguson, Ph.D., M.S.W., Ed.M. Senior Research Methodologist

    Charlie Ferguson has more than 32 years of experience in program evaluation, applied social science research, research design, quantitative and qualitative analysis...

Partners

American Bar Association Center on Children and the Law

Dr. Sophia Gatowski and Dr. Alicia Summers, Coprincipal Investigators

about the project

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Capabilities

Status

Client

Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation and Children's Bureau; Administration for Children and Families