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 a set of parent support and education programs specifically designed for parents involved in 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

Data show many students experience less academic success than peers not in foster care

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

Feasibility of Connecting, a substance-abuse prevention program for foster teens and their caregivers.

Parenting Stress Among Child Welfare Involved Families

Trajectories of Depressive Symptoms & Problem Behavior in Adolescence: Links to Suicide in Early Adulthood

Research Blog Posts

Strive: Where Are We Today?

POC's Poverty & Child Welfare Forum