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Children who live in impoverished conditions or who experience traumatic events face numerous challenges as they develop. RAND conducts research on issues that affect child welfare such as poverty, abuse and neglect, foster care, adoption, child protective services, and other government services designed to protect children and encourage family stability.

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    Journal Article

    Flexible Reporting Options for Skilled Child Abuse Professionals

    Proposed is a system of flexible options for the mandated reporting of child abuse and neglect, to improve compliance with and reduce burdens on the child protective system. Potential benefits and drawbacks of the plan, which would identify and train registered reporters and offer the option of explicit deferred investigation, are discussed.

    Oct 1, 1991

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    Report

    Reducing Underresponding: Improving System Response to Mandated Reporters

    This Note proposes three changes that could improve system functioning and reduce the frustration of those who are mandated by law to report child maltreatment.

    Jan 1, 1991

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    Journal Article

    A Comparison of Cost-Sharing Versus Free Care in Children: Effects on the Demand for Office-Based Medical Care

    Using data from the community based RAND Health Insurance Experiment, the effect of cost-sharing versus free care on the use of office-based medical care in children was examined.

    Jan 1, 1991

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    Report

    Linking Schools and Social Services: The Case of Child Abuse Reporting

    Coordination of schools and child protective services (CPS) agencies on child abuse reporting is required by law because school staff are mandated to report suspected maltreatment to CPS agencies.

    Jan 1, 1990

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    Report

    Report Decision-Making Patterns Among Mandated Child Abuse Reporters

    The goal of this investigation was to examine whether reporting decisions could be described by a coherent process that was consistent across incidents of suspected abuse.

    Jan 1, 1990

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    Report

    The Role of Professional Background, Case Characteristics, and Protective Agency Response in Mandated Child Abuse Reporting

    Presents data about reporting behavior drawn from a mail survey of mandated reporters and data on child protective agency responses collected in selected child protective agencies.

    Jan 1, 1990

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    Journal Article

    Homeless and Housed Families in Los Angeles: A Study Comparing Demographic, Economic, and Family Function Characteristics

    Authors studied homeless and housed poor families in Los Angeles, California to gain an understanding of events that precipitate family homelessness.

    Jan 1, 1990

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    Journal Article

    Dental Insurance and the Oral Health of Preschool Children

    Using data from the Rand Health Insurance Experiment, the effects of cost-sharing plans on the health of the primary teeth in 264 children aged 3 to 5 years were investigated.

    Jan 1, 1986

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    Report

    Early Adolescent Childbearing: Some Further Notes.

    Teenage pregnancy has been on the rise in America since the mid-sixties. The growing number of births occurring to adolescents, especially to 14- and 15-year-old girls, foreshadows serious and far-reaching consequences for society. Whereas many tee...

    Jan 1, 1978

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    Report

    Early adolescent childbearing: some social implications

    Reviews current research findings on teenage pregnancies that indicate illegitimacy may be increasingly concentrated in the teenage years, and discusses the implications for mothers, children, and society. Adolescents who are sexually active are act...

    Jan 1, 1977

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    Report

    Where have all the children gone? the adoption market today

    The number of children adopted has declined since 1970, suggesting that the pool of children available had decreased. Adoption by relatives remains almost constant, and currently represents the majority of adoptions. As a result, adoption by unrelate...

    Jan 1, 1977

  • People

    People

    Dionne Barnes-Proby

    Social Policy Researcher; Director, Summer Associate Program; Faculty, Pardee RAND Graduate School; Co-Chair, Black Employees Leading in Inclusion, Equity, Vision, and Education Employee Resource Group
    Education D.P.A. in public administration - collaborative governance, University of La Verne; M.S.W. in policy, planning, and administration, Loma Linda University; B.A. in psychology and black studies, Pitzer College

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    Alex R. Dopp

    Behavioral and Social Scientist
    Education Ph.D. in child clinical psychology, University of Missouri; M.A. in psychology, University of Missouri; B.A. in psychology, University of Michigan

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    Katrin Feyerabend

    Research Assistant
    Education M.Sc. in international conflict and cooperation, University of Stirling; B.A. (Hons) in international politics, University of Stirling

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    Marylou Gilbert

    Senior Policy Analyst and Coordinator, RAND Center for Housing and Homelessness in Los Angeles; Program Manager, Pardee RAND Community-Partnered Policy and Action Stream
    Education J.D., UCLA School of Law; M.A. in Latin American studies and public health, University of California, Los Angeles; B.A. in social welfare and Chicano studies, University of California, Berkeley

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    People

    Pauline Moore

    Political Scientist: Professor, Pardee RAND Graduate School
    Education Ph.D. in international relations, University of Denver Josef Korbel School of International Studies; M.A. in international relations, Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS); B.A. in international studies, Middlebury College

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    People

    Samuel Peterson

    Policy Researcher
    Education Ph.D. in criminal justice, University of Cincinnati

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    Dana Schultz

    Senior Policy Researcher
    Education M.P.P. in public policy, Harvard University

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    People

    Shoshana R. Shelton

    Senior Policy Analyst; Professor, Pardee RAND Graduate School
    Education M.P.H., The Ohio State University; B.A. in English, Denison University