Jeffrey Waid

My primary research interests are in the areas of child maltreatment prevention, family-based intervention programming, foster/kinship care, and adoption. My scholarship focuses primarily on the role of healthy family relationships in the development of favorable outcomes for children who are at risk of, or are currently experiencing maltreatment. My work has examined factors associated with foster care placement instability, the impacts of separation on child and family well-being, empirically-informed assessment strategies, and the potential of data to inform program and policy improvements.

My current projects examine the role of kin and siblings in promoting well-being, placement stability, and permanency for youth in foster care. I am the Principal Investigator for a multi-state and international program that provides short term, camp-based reunification for sibling separated by foster care, and an affiliate investigator for a now completed NIMH funded investigation into a sibling relationship enhancement intervention for youth in substitute care.

As a Title IV-E scholar and former family preservation and permanency caseworker, I am interested in leveraging the capacity of research and evaluation to support human service systems in their efforts to provide effective, family-focused services to children and families.

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