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Child Welfare Services

JPA's child welfare consultants tailor collaborative projects and consultations to meet the unique needs of public and private child welfare agencies in Illinois and nationally. 



JPA’s child welfare consultants are experts in practice, quantitative and qualitative research methods, evaluation, and quality improvement in the areas of trauma, mental health, child protection, and foster and residential care. Our wide-ranging experience and knowledge help us tailor collaborative projects and consultations to meet the unique needs of public and private agencies in Illinois and nationally. 


Our partners include state child welfare agencies, children’s advocacy centers, child abuse pediatricians, and foundations. Current or recent projects include: developing and refining theories of change; improving decision-making capabilities; assessing and building evaluation and quality improvement capacity; measuring and evaluating service quality and outcomes; designing and analyzing indicators of child well-being; understanding the factors and barriers to achieving outcomes and implementing meaningful quality improvement processes. 


Client referrals are available upon request.


Stephen Budde, PhD, LCSW

Executive Vice President


Dr. Budde has over 30 years of experience in child welfare and mental health as a researcher, teacher, administrator, trainer, consultant, and clinical social worker. With JPA and in his previous research at Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago, Dr. Budde has given multiple presentations at national and international conferences and written major evaluation reports and professional publications. He oversees JPA’s expert assessments recommending to courts the best permanent options for children in care in cases with high levels of conflict or uncertainty. Dr. Budde also lectures in clinical research and decision making at the University of Chicago’s School of Social Service Administration.


For more information, contact Stephen Budde, Ph.D.

JPA provides a wide variety of
child welfare services

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