I have been working with the National Council on Crime and Delinquency through Children’s Research Center (CRC) for close to seven years. My first exposure to CRC was through the use and support of the Structured Decision Making (SDM®) tools and SafeMeasures. The use of SafeMeasures and the SDM tools has increased the professionalism of the child welfare here and in other jurisdictions. As we have been so please with the partnership with CRC we have partnered with them on several reviews of our data including one where we examined the data and practice influencing the racial disproportionality of the population we serve. This and other reviews have helped us look honestly at our practice and determine the results of our efforts. We have participated in pilot programs as tools have been developed. Through implementation and an open exchange of information and ideas, these experiences have been beneficial to the improvement of our practice as well and development of better tools. Due to the respect we have for CRC and the nature of our relationship with them, when we looked to make a significant change in the core of our child welfare practice we wanted CRC at the table. The partnership has been outstanding and the practice changes implemented as a result has benefited our staff and the families we serve. We value the professional relationship we have with CRC and their staff and continue to work with them ongoing for the safety and wellbeing of the children and families we serve.
My name Is Isabelle Askanas and I was an intern at NCCD. I love what the organization does; projects I found especially interesting included LGBT youth permanency in foster care, LGBT policies in juvenile detention centers, methods of restorative justice and the Prison Rape Elimination task force. The people here are very educated, yet very humble. The staff consists of a close knit community of people who have law degrees, masters, and PhDs, who are approachable and deeply invested in researching and reforming the community.
I am a board member however I am also a client that was served by NCCD. NCCD was involved in a couple of projects involving the City of Oxnard addressing issues of gang and youth violence. NCCD was instrumental in the selection and training of the street outreach and gang intervention personnel. We could not have achieved our results without the expertise and guidance of NCCD. The NCCD staff are passionate about the services they provide. They engaged in the planning and implementation levels and develop relationships with the entity as well as the community stakeholders. NCCD was outstanding in assessing the local environment and the pulse of the community so the programming was tailored to address the problems in the City of Oxnard and not cookie cutter recommendations and strategies. I highly recommend NCCD and I am confident you will be very satisfied with your results.