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Webcast Looks at Runaways From the Child Welfare System

3/10/2005:   The Chapin Hall Center for Children at the University of Chicago is releasing the largest study to date on one group of children missing from the child welfare system—those who run away.

On March 17 at 3 p.m. EST, the Chapin Hall Center for Children will present a webcast featuring discussion of the scope of the problem, the reasons children are missing, the risks facing these children, and what research suggests about effective policies and practices for addressing the needs of children missing from care.

Webcast presenters are Mark Courtney, Director of Chapin Hall Center for Children; Caren Kaplan, Director of Child and Family Protection and Codirector of the Children Missing From Care Project at the Child Welfare League of America; and Bryan Samuels, Director of the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services.

The case of a young child missing from Florida's child welfare system in 2001 sparked national interest in the status of children missing from out of home care. Since then, researchers, service providers, advocates, and policymakers have undertaken a variety of efforts to understand more about this population of children and have developed a variety of new policies to reduce the number of children missing and at risk.

Participation in the webcast if free but advanced registration is required. To register, click here.


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