National Research Center on Hispanic Children & Families
Latest from The Center
Helping children heal after parental separations through trauma-informed care
As public officials and communities turn to the task of reuniting and supporting immigrant children and parents separated at the border, they face the difficult but critical work of helping these families heal after the trauma they have endured. In our most recent brief, Center investigator Maria A. Ramos-Olazagasti teams up with Jessica Dym Bartlett, a Child Trends expert on early child trauma, to offer research-based guidance for parents, communities, states, and the federal government.
Bolstering our nation’s data infrastructure on Hispanic families
Two new briefs continue our work assessing the nation’s data infrastructure for understanding Hispanic family life. Our review of more than 20 large data sets find limited capacity to capture both the growth and the diversification of Hispanic families in the United States. The companion interactive data tool indicates what information from these data sets is available on family and household composition, family formation and stability, relationship dynamics, and (co)parenting. Our assessment of the Supporting Healthy Marriage (SHM) Evaluation data finds that it is a uniquely rich source of information on Hispanic couple dynamics, but that its Hispanic couples differ in important ways from those in the general population. National surveys are used by a variety of sectors to allocate resources and inform policy and programs. The findings from these two studies underscore the need for a new national survey of families and households to catch up with the growth and diversification of U.S. Latinos.
More About The Center
Hispanics represent the largest, and one of the fastest-growing, racial/ethnic minority population groups in the U.S. With one in four children in the U.S. now Hispanic—and roughly one-third of Hispanic children living in poverty—the well-being of this community will have profound implications for the future workforce, economy, and prospects of our nation. To help programs and policy better serve low-income Hispanic children and families, the National Research Center on Hispanic Children & Families (Center) provides research and capacity building activities across three areas:
- early care and education
- healthy marriage and responsible fatherhood
- poverty and economic self-sufficiency
The Center is both policy and program driven, and is dedicated to providing timely research findings, tools, and scholar opportunities aimed at improving the lives of low-income Hispanic children and families. Child Trends and Abt Associates—together with university partners—launched the Center in 2013 with a five-year cooperative agreement from the Office of Planning, Research & Evaluation, an office of the Administration for Children & Families in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
The Center welcomes requests for more information about its work and/or partnership opportunities. Please write to us at Info@HispanicResearchCenter.org.