By Selena Stevens
are thrilled to be involved in such an important collaborative
effort to improve the lives of children in the South
and the United States."
Chris Groeber, director of the UK Training Resource
Center for Healthy Families.
18, 2001 (Lexington, Ky.) --
The University of Kentucky Training Resource Center
in the College of Social Work has been awarded $2.5
million from the federal Cabinet for Health and Human
Services to create a new center to help improve child
protective services in the rural southern United States.
Quality Improvement Center would create partnerships
between child protection agencies and universities
in 10 states - Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Louisiana,
Mississippi, Missouri, Kentucky, South Carolina, Tennessee
and West Virginia - to support and evaluate innovative
projects improving child protective services. Each
year, the center will grant up to $500,000 to support
innovative child protection programs.
The center will collect data on child protective services
in the rural South to help evaluate programs and proposals
and provide support for program improvement and development.
The UK Training Resource Center will lead the initiative
by providing technical and mentoring assistance and
staff for the new center.
"We are thrilled to be involved in such an important
collaborative effort to improve the lives of children
in the South and the United States," said Chris Groeber,
director of the UK Training Resource Center for Healthy
Quality Improvement Center will be guided by an advisory
board comprised of a mixture of public child welfare
administrators, university faculty, parents and community
partners from each state. The grant from the Cabinet
for Health and Human Services will be administered
over five years. .