Child Abuse and Neglect Research Team

Team Coordinator:

team photoTeam:

  • Jim Armstrong, Health and Child Welfare consultant, Whitby, Ontario
  • Linda Blackmore, Canadian and New Brunswick Foster Family Associations
  • Deirdre Cheers, Senior Manager, Barnardos Australia and the LAC Project Australia
  • Claude Daigle, Family and Community Services, Government of New Brunswick (retired)
  • Ross Klein, Associate Professor, School of Social Work, Memorial University
  • Lynda Manser, National Youth in Care Network
  • Fay Martin, Executive Director, Family Services of Haliburton County
  • Lucy McGilligan, Family and Community Services, Government of New Brunswick
  • Martha Muzychka, Director of Communications, Health & Community Services, St. John’s
  • Paul Thomas, Professor, Dalhousie Law School
  • Robert Twigg, Associate Professor, University of Regina

Goals:

  1. assess developmental outcomes of Canadian and Australian children in foster care;
  2. compare to the general population using the NLSCY study as our control group;
  3. promote international collaboration in order to improve services and understand better the effects of differing policies and procedures;
  4. promote the use of Looking After Children
  5. provide regular feedback to end users and senior personnel as well as an annual report on the current state of the art and aggregated outcomes.

These goals are being addressed with three year funding from SSHRC (2003-2006).

Achievements

  1. Three year funding from SSHRC.
  2. Publication of a full report of earlier study: Kufeldt, K., Simard, M. & Vachon, J., Baker, J. & Andrews, T. (2001). S’occuper des enfants au Canada: rapport final. Fredericton: University of New Brunswick, 286 pp. and Kufeldt, K., Simard, M. & Vachon, J., Baker, J. & Andrews, T. (2000). Looking After Children in Canada: Final report Fredericton: University of New Brunswick, 251 pp.
  3. Research findings published in Kufeldt, K. & McKenzie, B. (2003). Child Welfare: Connecting Research, Policy and Practice. Waterloo: Wilfrid Laurier Press
  4. Presentations by team members at conferences in Australia, Canada, Norway, Holland, United Kingdom and United States
  5. Recruitment of Lucy McGilligan and Claude Daigle by the Child Welfare League of Canada to provide training in the use of Looking After Children.

Most recent publication:

  • Klein, R., Kufeldt, K. & Rideout, S.  (2006).  Resilience theory and its relevance for child welfare practice.  In Flynn, R.J., Dudding, P. & Barber, J.G. (eds.).  Promoting Resilience in Child Welfare.  Ottawa: University of Ottawa Press, 34-51.
  • Kufeldt, K.,  McGilligan, L., Klein, R. & Rideout, S. (2006). Looking after Children and its Ability to Promote Resilient Children and Resilient Workers: a Case Study.  Families in Society, in press.
  • Kufeldt, K.,  McGilligan, L., Klein, R. & Rideout, S. (2006). Looking after Children - a Tool for Promoting Resiliency. Child and Family Social Work, in press
  • Kufeldt, K., Simard, M., Thomas, P. & Vachon, J. (2005). A Grass Roots Approach to Influencing Child Welfare Policy. Child and Family Social Work, Vol. 10,4. 305-314.