Building a 21st century child welfare research agenda

Since 2020, lived experience experts, the Annie E. Casey Foundation, Casey Family Programs and the William T. Grant Foundation have worked in partnership with more than 50 individuals representing a broad array of experts, stakeholders and people with lived experience to draft research gaps that span community-based family support, child protective services, out-of-home care and post-permanency services. Partnering organizations include Black Administrators in Child Welfare, the National Indian Child Welfare Association, Child Trends Hispanic Institute, the American Public Human Services Association, the Child Welfare League of America, and the American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare.

Hear from some of the lived experience experts and foundation leaders themselves on what this research agenda is, and why it is so critically needed. To learn more, download the summary. You can also check out this June 2022 blog post on the William T. Grant Foundation website titled, “The 21st Century Agenda for Research on Child Welfare and our Interest in Studies on Reducing Inequality.”

The child welfare field is in need of a bold research agenda that addresses key knowledge gaps in transformative ways to support families and communities. To accomplish this goal, and to build hope for families, we must transform the way that we conduct research.