Child Welfare

We apply our deep knowledge of systems and child welfare best practice to build the capacity of public and private child welfare programs, enhance the child welfare workforce and support the implementation of evidence-based practices to improve outcomes for children and families. We strive to explicitly address racial equity through evaluation designs and program improvements. Our research and evaluation projects increase understanding of what works in child welfare practice, and we offer innovative, evidence-based approaches to engage the workforce and advance workforce knowledge and skills.

Recent Child Welfare Projects

  • Promoting Racial Equity

    Through the National Child Welfare Workforce Institute, we created a framework to promote racial equity through child welfare workforce and organizational actions, and we support organizations as they address equity issues.

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  • Training Child Abuse & Neglect Attorneys

    In partnership with the Sturm College of Law, we’re training Colorado’s city and county attorneys to better serve those involved in child abuse and neglect cases.

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“The Butler Institute’s work changes the way our child welfare and judicial systems partner in child welfare cases, getting collaboration among county attorneys, parents’ attorneys, child welfare and others.”

Matt Hotman, Colorado Department of Human Services
Matt Hotlman

Child Welfare Director

Robin Leake

Robin L. Leake

Research Professor; Executive Director, Butler Institute for Families

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