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Susan  Wells, the U's Gamble-Skogmo  Professor in Child Welfare and Youth  Policy.

Susan Wells, the U's Gamble-Skogmo Professor in Child Welfare and Youth Policy.

Making a case for child welfare

by the University of Minnesota News Service

From eNews, December 18, 2003

The Child Welfare Research Agenda for the state of Minnesota, codeveloped by the University of Minnesota, is the state's first-ever compilation of the most pressing issues related to Minnesota children and families. The agenda, created in partnership with the Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS), presents research priorities and descriptions of ongoing child welfare studies in Minnesota. It focuses on seven child welfare categories--program planning and administration, prevention of child maltreatment, child protection, child and family services, out-of-home care, reunification, and adoption or relative custody. "The aim of the project was to show what is most needed [when establishing research projects]," says Susan Wells, the U's Gamble-Skogmo Professor in Child Welfare and Youth Policy. Ultimately, the agenda will help ensure child welfare research conducted in Minnesota better meets the needs of the community, she adds. "This is a tremendous step forward," says Maria Gomez, assistant commissioner of Children and Family Services for DHS, "not only because [the U and DHS] are working together on behalf of children, but because we will be clearly focusing on the same issues." For a copy of the Child Welfare Research Agenda for the state of Minnesota, see http://ssw.che.umn.edu/gamble-skogmo/GS_CWRA.htm. To learn more about the U's School of Social Work, see http://ssw.che.umn.edu/.

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