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U to study child abuse issues

From eNews, January 8, 2004

In 2001, 903,000 children were victims of abuse or neglect in the United States, and more than 9,000 of those children live in Minnesota. The U's School of Social Work recently received one of only 11 federal grants to study child abuse and neglect. The grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services will fund research on such topics as child protection for individuals with disabilities, cultural differences in the definition of child maltreatment, supervision of child welfare cases, and the role of social support systems for abused children. "Research from these projects will help maximize effective child welfare practices while making the most of limited resources to care for our most vulnerable populations," says Susan Wells, social work professor and grant project director. The University will conduct five projects over a two-year period in collaboration with the Minnesota Department of Human Services and the children's services units for Anoka, Dakota, Olmsted, Ramsey, and Washington counties. "We are extremely proud of this award and hope that highlighting the important work being done by Dr. Wells and others will enhance the national debate on child welfare needs and practice," says Jean Quam, director of the School of Social Work. To learn more about the University of Minnesota School of Social Work, see http://ssw.che.umn.edu.

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