Publications

Safe Passage recognizes that good research is an important tool for improving the child welfare system.  We collaborate with researchers at other institutions to publish these articles.

Children And Youth Services Review Published Part I: A Study Of Maltreated Children And Their Families In Juvenile Court

Published in collaboration with researchers at the Institute of Child Development, University of Minnesota

Canan Karatekin, Institute of Child Development, University of Minnesota
Richard Gehrman, Safe Passage for Children, St. Paul, Minnesota
Jamie Lawler, Institute of Child Development, University of Minnesota

There is little empirical research on the families referred to court (juvenile, family or dependency court) for child maltreatment. To fill some of the gaps in this area, we reviewed publicly available court records of 88 cases referred to juvenile court for maltreatment in Hennepin County, MN between 2008 and 2012. In the current paper, we focused on the conduct of the court case, such as appointment of guardians ad litem, compliance with permanency deadlines, and the frequency and outcomes of protective supervision by the court. © 2014 Published by Elsevier Ltd.

A Study of Maltreated Children and Their Families in Juvenile Court. III. Case Plans

Published in collaboration with researchers at the Institute of Child Development, University of Minnesota

Canan Karatekin, Institute of Child Development, University of Minnesota
Richard Gehrman, Safe Passage for Children, St. Paul, Minnesota
Jamie Lawler, Institute of Child Development, University of Minnesota

We reviewed publicly available court records of 88 cases referred to juvenile court for maltreatment in Hennepin County, Minnesota. The goal of the current study was to examine the content of, and extent of compliance with, case plans. There was an average of 9.5 items per child on the case plan. About half the case plans did not address at least one presenting maltreatment type.

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