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Work currently underway at the center for Policy Research 

includes projects in the following categories:

 

 

 

Fathers, Child Support and Prison

Addressing Reintegration Issues of Fathers Leaving Prison

 

An evaluation of a demonstration project exploring ways of addressing the child support obligations of paroled and released fathers at Adult Transition and work release centers operated by the Safer Foundation in Chicago.

Fathers in the Criminal Justice System: A Collaboration Between Child Support Enforcement and Criminal Justice Agencies in Massachusetts

 

An evaluation of a program to educate incarcerated and paroled parents about their child support responsibilities and modify their orders to avoid the build-up of arrears.

Texas Family Reintegration Project 

 

An evaluation of a program to inform incarcerated parents about their child support responsibilities and to assist them with appropriate child support adjustments and with family reintegration.

Child Support Strategies for Incarcerated and Released Parents

 

A grant from the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation to increase professional awareness of the child support situation faced by incarcerated and paroled parents, and the measures that states may take to support successful reintegration into the community and family.

 

Other Child Support Research

Increasing Healthcare Coverage for Children: A New Coordinated Approach

  An evaluation of a program to increase the number of children in IV-D cases who have healthcare coverage by coordinating medical child support with available private coverage, Medicaid, SCHIP, and other state sponsored programs.
Enhancing Interagency Collaboration and Client Cooperation in Massachusetts

 

Assessment of the impact of staffing arrangements and training programs to promote cooperation between public assistance and child support agencies in Massachusetts.

Larimer County Child Support Assurance

 

Assessment of a program to promote child support payment and paternal involvement among noncustodial parents through the provision of employments services, parenting classes, and partial suspension of child support obligations during the period of program enrollment.

Evaluating the Outcomes of State Access and Visitation Programs

 

Feasibility study of collecting outcome data related to the effects of access and visitation grant programs.

Child Support Technical Assistance to Large Urban Jurisdictions

 

Help with planning and conducting two conferences dealing with the challenges of child support enforcement in large urban, diverse cities.

Program Support and Technology Transfers for Big Ten States

 

Assistance with information collection and data analysis related to state child support arrears balances.

 

Child Protection and Child Protection Mediation

Integrated Approaches to Manage Multi-Case Families in the Criminal Justice System
  .An empirical investigation of court innovations to provide an integrated, holistic approach to families with cases pending in multiple courts.

Dependency Mediation in Two Louisiana Parishes

 

Technical assistance, program evaluation, and information dissemination related to mediation of child protection cases in Orleans Parish and Jefferson Parish.

Cooperative Permanency  Resolution Program in the Family Court of the District of Columbia Superior Court

 

Evaluation of a program to provide mediation services to biological and adoptive parents in a court setting.

 

Education

An Assessment of the Professional Development Program of the Public Education and Business Coalition

 

Determining the impact of professional development activities on teacher behavior and student performance.

 

Community Development

Rose Community Foundation Endowment Challenge

 

Exploration of the impact of $10 million initiative by the Rose Community Foundation to create permanent endowment funds in 20 Jewish institutions in the greater Denver/Boulder area.

 

Health Research

Increasing Healthcare Coverage for Children: A New Coordinated Approach

  An evaluation of a program to increase the number of children in IV-D cases who have healthcare coverage by coordinating medical child support with available private coverage, Medicaid, SCHIP, and other state sponsored programs.

 

Alternative Dispute Resolution

An Evaluation of the Washington D.C. Superior Court Multi-Door Court
  An evaluation of mediation services in family, civil and small claims courts.