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The Center on Children, Families, and the Law (CCFL) at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln was established in 1987 as a home for interdisciplinary research, teaching, and public service on issues related to child and family policy and services. The knowledge of child and family issues generated and synthesized by the Center faculty is widely disseminated to educate policy makers, scholars, service providers, and the general public. Work done by the Center has served as the primary basis for new local, state, and national legislation and has been cited in court rulings, including the U.S. Supreme Court.

Research by faculty in the colleges of Arts and Sciences, Law, and Education and Human Sciences is integrated through the Center. Faculty members from the School of Social Work at the University of Nebraska-Omaha and various units at the University of Nebraska Medical Center also contribute to Center activities. The Center's own distinguished faculty reflects its interdisciplinary goals, including professionals with degrees in law, psychology, pediatrics, special education, sociology, and education. The Center is located administratively within the University's College of Arts and Sciences and is a member of the College's Family Research and Policy Initiative.

READ: 2016 CCFL Annual Report

$15 Million Project Aims to Improve Child Welfare Workforce Nationally

Congratulations to the Quality Improvement Center for Workforce Development and Michelle Graef!

Our mission

Is to conduct research, analyze policy, and provide education and community service. The purpose of CCFL's activities is to enhance the well-being of children, youth, and families.

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To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; to hear the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty, to find the best in others; to leave the world a little better; whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is the meaning of success.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson