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Policy Research Shop Testimony: August 20, 2014

PRS students, Sakina Abu Boakye ’16, Irene Cofie ’16, Sarah Ogren ’16, and Mariel Wallace ’16, testify before the NH Department of Health and Human Services

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PRS Students Present on Child Welfare Policies and Youth Foster Care Placement

Sakina Abu Boakye ’16, Irene Cofie ’16, Sarah Ogren ’16, and Mariel Wallace ’16 from the Nelson A. Rockefeller Center Policy Research Shop traveled to Concord Wednesday, August 20, 2014, to present the results of two research projects to the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Children Youth and Families (DCYF). Over several months Sakina, Irene, and Mariel examined the reasons for substantiation of child maltreatment with both quantitative and qualitative analyses, and produced their policy brief, “Child Maltreatment in New Hampshire: Assessing the Substantiation Process.”

Sakina, Sarah, and Chelsea Lim ’16 (not at the presentation) analyzed the determinants of repeat foster care placements in New Hampshire, and produced policy brief “Youth Re-entry into Out-of-Home Replacement: Determinants of Repeated Placements in New Hampshire.” Among the DCYF members attending and commenting were Senior Data Manager, Nastia Vanyukevych, who assisted the students in their research and data analysis along with Rockefeller Center Visiting Assistant Professor Matthew Cravens.

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