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Centre for Research on Children and Families

Pr. Ben Mathews, Faculty of Law, Queensland University of Technology, presenting findings from the national Australian study of child abuse and neglect at the CRCF research seminar.

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Kay Tisdall, Co-Director of the Centre for Research on Families and Relationships at the university of Edinburgh presenting on child welfare policies in Scotland at the CRCF research seminar. 

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Dr. Deboorah Padgett, professor at the New York University School of Social Work presenting a study on mental health recovery that used observation and interview data.


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Welcome to the Centre for Research on Children and Families (CRCF)!

The CRCF conducts and disseminates research on effective programs and policies for vulnerable children and youth and their families. The CRCF is affiliated with McGill's School of Social Work, hosts the Canadian Child Welfare Research Portal (CWRP) and is home to the RBC-funded Children's Services Data Laboratory.

Research Watch

As a joint initiative with the CWRP, the CRCF launches a Research Watch, a periodical review of research articles published in the leading child welfare journals. The most relevant and well designed studies are summarized and disseminated through the CWRP's list of approximately 2,500 subscribers. The Research Watch team involves graduate students and faculty from the Universities of McGill and Toronto.

CRCF Research Seminar Series

The CRCF Research Seminars provide an opportunity for faculty, visiting scholars and graduate students to share and discuss their research. Presenters are encouraged to use the seminar to discuss preliminary results, data interpretation issues and methodological questions arising from their research.

For more information, please visit the Seminar page.

CRCF Graduate Student Travel Grants

The CRCF Graduate Student Travel Grants are competitive grants designed to support graduate student and postdoctoral fellows. The competition runs once a year, with a deadline of June 1. Applications must be made prior to travel. The application form is available online. For more information, contact Delphine Collin-Vezina.

CRCF Membership Application

CRCF Membership Application Form



Recent Publications

The Jordan’s Principle Working Group. (2015). Without denial, delay, or disruption: Ensuring First Nations children’s access to equitable services through Jordan’s Principle. Ottawa, ON: Assembly of First Nations.

Fast, E., Trocmé, N., Fallon, B., Ma, J. (2014). A troubled group? Adolescents in a Canadian child welfare sample. Children and Youth Services Review, 46, 47-54.

Trocmé, N., Collin-Vézina, D., Roy, C., Chamberland, C., Desbiens, N., Dufour, S., Goyette, M., Lacharité, C., Milot, T., Pauzé, R., & Poirier, M.A. (2014). Projet de loi 10 et services de protection de la jeunesse: des impacts à considérer. Retrieved from enap.ca.

Trocmé, N., Kyte, A., Sinha, V., & Fallon, B. (2014). Urgent protection versus chronic need: Clarifying the dual mandate of child welfare services across canada. Social Sciences, 3(3), 483-498.

Esposito, T., Trocmé, N., Chabot, M., Shlonsky, A., Collin-Vézina, D., & Sinha, V. (2014). Family reunification for placed children in Québec: A longitudinal study. Children and Youth Services Review 44(2), 278-287.

Esposito, T., Trocmé, N., Chabot, M., Shlonsky, A., Collin-Vézina, D., & Sinha, V. (2014). The stability of child protection placements in Québec, Canada. Children and Youth Services Review 42(1), 10-19.

Trocmé, N., Milne, L., Esposito, T., Laurendeau, C., & Gervais, M.-J. (2014). Supporting evidence based management in child welfare: A Canadian university-agency collaboration. In A. Shlonsky & R. Benbenishty (Eds.) From Evidence to Outcomes in Child Welfare: An International Reader. Oxford University Press, 171-188.

Ellenbogen, S., Calame, R., Parker, K., Finne, J., & Trocme, N. (2014). Treating youth agression and related problems in a social services agency. Adolescence : places and spaces. Ed. M. F. Taylor, J. A. Pooley and J. Merrick: Nova Science Publishers. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/11250/273949

MacIntosh, H.B. & Butters, M. (2014). Measuring Outcomes in Couple Therapy: A Systematic Review and Critical Discussion. Journal of Couple & Relationship Therapy: Innovations in Clinical and Educational Interventions, 13 (1), 44-62.