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Welcome to the North American Resource Center for Child Welfare


The North American Resource Center for Child Welfare (NARCCW) is an umbrella organization of agencies working to achieve best practice in child welfare by providing professionals with the resources necessary to help children and families.

NARCCW houses four collaborative agencies which include:  The Institute for Human Services, Center for Child Welfare Policy, Family Trust Clinic and TRAINet.


Polish Social Work Text to Publish Chapter Written by IHS Director and Program Director

IHS Director, Ronald Hughes and Program Director, Judith Rycus, have written a chapter entitled "Assessing Risk in Child Protective Services" to be included in a Polish social work textbook.  The book, Between America and Poland: Opole Sociological Studies, is edited by Professors Krzysztof Frysztacki and Anna Sliz from the Jagiellonian University in Crakow, Poland and will be published in 2012 by the Nomos Publishing House, Cracow. 

The Institute for Human Services Joins Others in Hosting Russian Child Welfare Delegates

The Institute for Human Services (IHS) hosted a week-long tour in June, 2012 of several of Ohio’s child welfare and foster care programs for members of Russia’s upper-level child welfare administrators from Moscow, Buryatia, Perm, Kaluga and Krasnodar.  The tour, initiated by IHS’s Moscow-based partner, the National Foundation for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NFPCC), included a nine-member Russian delegation along with three NFPCC staff and two Russian interpreters.  The group began their tour by meeting with IHS founders, Judith S. Rycus, PhD, MSW, Program Director, and Ronald C. Hughes, PhD., M.S.c.S.A., Director, who shared information about their well-respected and internationally known child welfare training program.

The Ohio visit continued with a tour of other child welfare programs and State agencies including Franklin County Children’s Services, St. Stephen’s Community House, Nisonger’s Early Childhood Education Program, The Ohio Attorney General’s Office and the Ohio State House, Directions for Youth, and the Franklin County Board of Developmental Disabilities.  The group also visited with foster and adoptive parents regarding independent living issues.   

The program goals include:  developing standards for child maltreatment prevention and intervention, identifying model service programs around Russia, and developing regional Centers of Excellence, which would help to disseminate information about best practices and provide training to help develop the Russian child welfare system and work force.  The members of the group are all involved with the Compass program, either as Centers of Excellence or as identified dissemination regions.  This Russian delegation has responsibility for governmental units that support or monitor child welfare services in their country.  For more information on the National Foundation for the Prevention of Cruelty of Children and the Compass Program, visit their website at: and

Two NFPCC members continued in Chicago, Illinois, June 27-30 with the Second Russian-American Child Welfare Forum.  The Forum is designed to be an annual event pairing local child welfare service providers with leading Russian and American specialists to tackle the most serious issues facing the child protection and welfare field today. The goal is to further the development of Russian-American dialogue and partnership in resolving pressing national and international child protection related issues.  For more information in the First Russian-American Child Welfare Forum (RAF) visit:

The meeting of Russian and Ohio child welfare professionals is a result of an agreement between U.S. President Barack Obama and Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev known as the Obama-Medvedev Bilateral Presidential Commission.

2012 Pro Humanitate Award Winners Announced

The Center for Child Welfare Policy announced the 2012 winner of the Pro Humanitate Child Advocacy Award and the 2012 Pro Humanitate Political Leadership Award at the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children's 20th Annual Colloquium in Chicago in July.

For information on this year's winners and the individual awards click here.

Ohio Child Welfare Leaders Participate in Russian-American Child Welfare Forum

Pic of Ron Hughes on Russian TV

“We not only need a ‘reset’ button between the American and Russian governments, but we need a fresh start between our societies – more dialogue, more listening, more cooperation in confronting common challenges.”

Barack Obama, President of the United States of America, the U.S.-Russia Civil Society Summit (Moscow, July 7, 2009)

“One can judge a society’s maturity and developmental level from the way it treats its children.  We need a standardized system for the protection of children in all senses of the word.”
Dmitry Medvedev, President of the Russian Federation.

Recognizing the need to make a fresh start in relations between the United States and Russia, President Dmitri Medvedev and President Barack Obama created the US-Russia Bilateral Presidential Commission in July, 2009, to address shared challenges, to explore opportunities for partnership in areas of mutual interest, and to coordinate activities to solve joint concerns.



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