Featured Projects

Supportive Housing

The NRC-FCP is conducting an evaluation of Partners United for Supportive Housing in Cedar Rapids (PUSH-CR), Iowa’s first supportive housing project designed specifically for families who are involved with the child welfare system due to homelessness/housing crisis in combination with other risk factors such as mental health or substance misuse. The evaluation is using a randomized design in which families who meet all eligibility criteria are randomly assigned to PUSH-CR or to a control group which receives all other available services in the community except for the supportive housing intervention.

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Engaging Families

The NRC-FCP conducted research on the ability of iPad technology to increase family engagement during home visitation. Results were used to develop a webinar for home visiting professionals. A national audience of 133 home visitors attended the webinar to learn about best practices in tablet technology use to increase family engagement.

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In-Home Services

The National Resource Center for In-Home Services (NRC In-Home) was a project of the NRC-FCP in partnership with the National Indian Child Welfare Association and ICF International which provided child welfare expertise on services designed to ensure the safety and well-being of children and youth in their homes, prevent their initial placement or re-entry into foster care, and preserve, support and stabilize their families. The NRC In-Home offered technical assistance, training, and infromation resources to States and Tribes to help them build the capacity to provide effective family support, preservation and post-reunification services. 

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Family Support Workforce Study

A statewide study of Iowa’s family support workforce is currently underway which seeks to gain a greater understanding of the family support workforce and its organizational contexts, to assess changes in the workforce and the impact of supervision training, and to measure the relationship between workforce issues and family support outcomes.  The NRC-FCP developed, managed, and analyzed survey results to create a profile of the state workforce.

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Disproportionate Minority Contact

The NRC houses the Disproportionate Minority Contact (DMC) Resource Center, which serves efforts to reduce disproportionality and over-representation of minority youth and children in the juvenile justice, child welfare and related systems by providing evaluation, data analysis, information, training and technical assistance. 

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