Linking Research and Practice

We engage in the full range of prevention and intervention research to improve outcomes for vulnerable children and families.

Research Projects


Strive is parenting program that will be available for download for free and eventually used for vulnerable families outside of the child welfare system.


Connecting aims to improve bonds between teens and foster parents, which in turn can make teens less vulnerable to risky behaviors. So far, the program has showed promising results.

Alliance for Child Welfare Excellence

The Alliance strengthens the professional expertise of social workers and community members by sharing curricula, delivery methods and evaluation tools.

Foster Care and Education Research

This study examines how foster care can affect a child's educational outcomes, and whether school transitions or foster care has a greater overall impact on a child.

Our Approach to Research

We work collaboratively with external partners to generate rigorous and practical knowledge that informs the fields of policy, practice, and research. We focus on research related to children and families who are at risk for or who are currently involved with the child welfare system in Washington State. 

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Recent Publications

Parenting Stress Among Child Welfare Involved Families

A Randomized Controlled Trial of a Parent Management Training Program for Incarcerated Parents

Relationship Processes and Resilience in Children with Incarcerated Parents

Research Blog Posts

POC's Poverty & Child Welfare Forum