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Friday, October 3, 2008

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ARLINGTON - A federal agency awarded The University of Texas at Arlington School of Social Work an $8.6 million grant to help children in state and tribal welfare agencies through the establishment of a Child Welfare Technical Assistance Implementation Center.

Dr. Joan Rycraft, principal investigator, will be joined by Drs. Maria Scannapieco and Richard Schoech on the grant, which the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Administration for Children and Families awarded.

The project will provide assistance to develop and implement a program tailored to the needs of the organizations, children and families of children. A Bi-Regional Advisory Committee will provide guidance in the development of the project and assist with regional forums.

UT Arlington School of Social Work’s Judith Granger Birmingham Center for Child Welfare will be the lead institution. It will partner with the University of Denver Butler Institute for Families and the Native American Training Institute in North Dakota. The project will establish, through a cooperative agreement with the Children’s Bureau, a technical assistance implementation center, which will serve federal regions 6 and 8 (Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Arkansas, New Mexico, Colorado, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, Montana, and Wyoming).

“The UT Arlington School of Social Work has always had a very strong faculty in the area of child welfare. This grant provides, for us, another opportunity to have a significant impact in improving services to this vulnerable population. We are proud of the work done by Drs. Rycraft, Scannapieco and Schoech in our school, and Jeremy Forsberg and Sarah Panepinto in the Office of Research,” said Dr. Philip Popple, interim dean for the UT Arlington School of Social Work. “Through their efforts we have been selected for this opportunity and look toward a successful collaboration with our colleagues at the Administration for Children and Families, the University of Denver and the Native American Training Institute in North Dakota.”

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