The Center for Children & Families (CCF) is a research and training center in the School of Social Welfare at the University of Kansas. The Center is comprised of faculty, staff, and students actively involved in research, evaluation, policy analysis, program planning, and training in areas relevant to children and families. The CCF was originally established in 2002 as the Office of Child Welfare and Children’s Mental Health (OCC) to coordinate efforts that have been ongoing for over 25 years. The name was changed to the Center for Children & Families in 2014 to reflect that research initiatives and activities had broadened beyond just child welfare and mental health. Current initiative areas include: children’s mental health, child welfare, children’s health, schools, family well-being and community outreach.
The Center has more than 20 faculty and research staff participating in on-going research and training activities and is responsible for over half of the external funding that the KU School of Social Welfare administers. Current and past funding sources include US Department of Health & Human Services Administration on Children, Youth & Families, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Kansas Department of Aging & Disability Services, Reach Foundation, and Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City.