Who We Are


The Title IV-E Prevention Services Clearinghouse was established by the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to conduct an objective and transparent review of research on programs and services intended to provide enhanced support to children and families and prevent foster care placements. The Clearinghouse reviews evidence on mental health, substance abuse prevention and treatment, and in-home parent skill-based programs and services, as well as kinship navigator programs.

The Prevention Services Clearinghouse uses a systematic review process that is implemented by trained reviewers using consistent, transparent standards and procedures. Clearinghouse staff use this systematic review process to (1) identify programs and services for review, (2) select and prioritize programs and services for review, (3) conduct a literature search to locate research studies on the effectiveness of the prioritized programs and services, (4) screen studies for eligibility and prioritize them for review, (5) conduct an evidence review to rate the strength of evidence of the studies using the design and execution standards, and (6) rate programs and services as well-supported, supported, promising, or does not currently meet criteria.

The work of the Prevention Services Clearinghouse is conducted under a contract with Abt Associates, Inc. (Sandra Wilson, Project Director and Jennifer Norvell, Deputy Project Director), along with a partner from the Kempe Center for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect at the University of Colorado, Denver (Suzanne Kerns, Principal Investigator). The federal project officers at the Administration for Children and Families are Christine Fortunato, Laura Nerenberg, and Jenessa Malin.

The Prevention Services Clearinghouse Team

The Prevention Services Clearinghouse is staffed by an intergenerational, multiracial team of over 70 professionals located across the United States. We are diverse in our identities and experiences and bring a multidisciplinary blend of academic, applied, and lived expertise to the work of the Clearinghouse. We are committed to advancing equity in the child welfare field.

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