Projects and Initiatives
The Center for Child Welfare and Adoption Studies mission is to promote the well-being of children from the child welfare system and elevate their well-being and that of their families, and promote ethical, empirically based policy and to practice to improve the well-being of children and families served by the child welfare system through maintaining an active research program that increases knowledge and is a basis for improving policy and practice in our State and in the nation. Please learn more about our mission by visiting any of our Projects and Initiatives.
First Star Academy
A college preparation program for high school youth who receive foster care services.
A therapeutic tool to help youth integrate past experiences with their present circumstances.
FAYS (Foster and Adopted Youth Scholars)
Youth and young adults spend time in foster care are minority on college campuses.
Adoption and Same Sex Couples
Learn more about with policy analyst and adoption expert Dr. Jeanne Howard.
Illinois Permanency Enhancement Project (PEP)
The PEP model develops local policy and practice solutions for children within the Illinois foster care system.
Child Welfare Certification
The “child welfare specialist” certificate makes graduates more marketable as new hires within the child welfare work force.
People have different reasons for beginning the birth family search process. Learn more about adoption search.