Welcome to the Center for Children & Families

Formerly Known as the Office of Child Welfare and Children's Mental Health

The Center for Children & Families (CCF) is a division of the University of Kansas School of Social Welfare that conducts research, evaluation, policy analysis, program planning, and training in areas related to children and families. The Center, directed by Dr. Amy Mendenhall, includes more than 30 faculty and staff who are involved in over 20 projects locally and nationally. The Center faculty and staff are recognized as state and national experts in their content areas, and many of the Center projects have received widespread recognition as innovative, landmark work with children and families.

The work done through the Center spans six broad areas relating to children and families: children’s mental health, child welfare, children’s health, schools, family well-being and community. The Center embraces the four themes of the School of Social Welfare (i.e. strengths, diversity, social and economic justice, and critical perspective) while incorporating additional values unique to research and child and family well-being (e.g. collaboration, evidence-based, child and family driven).    


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