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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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    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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    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

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    Dionne Barnes-Proby

    Social Policy Researcher; Faculty, Pardee RAND Graduate School
    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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    Lauren Davis

    Assistant Policy Researcher; Ph.D. Candidate, Pardee RAND Graduate School
    Education M.Phil in policy analysis, Pardee RAND Graduate School; M.A. in economics, Vanderbilt University; B.S. in economics, Samford University; B.A. in public administration, Samford University

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    Kristin L. Dean

    Adjunct Researcher
    Education Ph.D. in clinical psychology, Alliant International University

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    Sashka Dimova

    Senior Analyst
    Education Ph.D. in economics, Aarhus University; M.A. in economics, Central European University; M.A. in economics, University of Vienna

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    Alex R. Dopp

    Associate 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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    Mary Lou Gilbert

    Senior Policy Analyst
    Education J.D. in social welfare, 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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    Pauline Moore

    Professor, Pardee RAND Graduate School; Associate Political Scientist
    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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    Samuel Peterson

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

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    Andrea Phillips

    Senior Policy Analyst
    Education B.S. in education and child development, Vanderbilt University; M.Ed. in special education; applied behavior analysis, Vanderbilt University

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    Dana Schultz

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

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    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