Over the last month, Partners for Our Children (POC) has received more than $810,000 in grant funding to start or continue research studies focused on the well-being of children and families. The grants demonstrate POC’s commitment to rigorous research that helps improve outcomes for vulnerable children and families.

Below is a brief overview of each research study:

  • Model Intervention for Youth/Young Adults with Child Welfare Involvement and At Risk of Homelessness. In collaboration with United Way of King County, Building Changes, Washington State Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) and other state and local providers, this planning grant will be used to develop a plan for systematic, community-wide strategies for ending homelessness among youth with child welfare involvement (e.g., foster care). POC is on deck to evaluate the intervention strategies to ensure they are as effective as possible.
  • Long-Term Mentoring for At-Risk Youth. With funding from the Office of Juvenile Justice Delinquency Prevention and the Campbell Foundation and in collaboration with Oregon Social Learning Center, POC will continue to evaluate Friends of the Children’s long-term mentorship model used with some of the most vulnerable children in our community. This is the only mentoring organization in the nation that pairs children from distressed neighborhoods with paid, full-time professional mentors for 12 years. The mentors aim to help uncover a child’s potential and build a lifelong foundation for success through friendship, advocacy and education. This multi-site randomized controlled trial includes child, parent/caregiver and mentor participants from Seattle, Portland, New York City and Boston.
  • Predicting Intimate Partner Violence for At-Risk Young Adults and Their Romantic Partners. In collaboration with Oregon Social Learning Center and Arizona State University, this study reconnects with individuals who, as children, were involved in a prevention program to reduce aggressive and other antisocial behaviors and individuals who received a “services-as-usual” control condition. Our researchers will now analyze the prevalence of domestic violence among these individuals and their partners. This study will help advance the understanding of factors that predict domestic violence – an issue that is increasingly recognized as a major public health problem. We want to congratulate our research team for all of their hard work and dedication to such important work!

If you have any questions about the studies, please contact our communications manager, Erika Novak at elnovak@uw.edu.