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May 2013Vol. 14, No. 4New Division, Newsletter at OPRE

The Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation (OPRE) within the Administration for Children and Families announced a reorganization to form a third division. OPRE now consists of the Division of Economic Independence, the Division of Child and Family Development, and the newly formed Division of Family Strengthening. The reorganization announcement was made via the agency's first newsletter.

The newsletter, titled OPRE, announced the new structure, introduced readers to Division leaders, and featured new reports and grants awarded. Recent OPRE research includes two National Survey of Child and Adolescent Well-Being (NSCAW) Spotlight reports:

  • Parents Reported for Maltreatment Experience High Rates of Domestic Violence points to research showing that 86 percent of children who have received a report of child abuse or neglect remain in their homes following the investigation. In addition to the maltreatment report preceding the investigation, these children are often exposed to domestic violence. NSCAW II data indicate that one-quarter of parents whose children remained at home following a maltreatment report experienced physical domestic violence during the previous 12 months, which may affect child safety and the ability of parents to properly care for their children:
  • More than One Quarter of Children Placed Out of Home Experience Placement Disruption in the First 18 Months After a Maltreatment Investigation highlights data indicating that more than 22 percent of children in families investigated for maltreatment were placed in foster care at least once within the 18 months following an investigation. Of the children and youth placed in out-of-home care, more than 73 percent experienced one placement, more than 18 percent experienced two placements, and 8.5 percent experienced three or more placements. Research also showed that older children experienced more placements than their younger peers:

These reports and more are available on the OPRE website:

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