The DuPont-Columbia Awards for excellence in broadcast journalism, one of the highest honors in the field of broadcast journalism, were awarded on Wednesday January 21st in Columbia’s Low Library. Among the recipients was the Institute for Child and Family Policy at Columbia University (ICFP) for its contributions to the Frontline documentary “Failure to Protect: A National Dialogue”. The documentary series was a searing look at the death of a five-year-old girl while in foster care whose death prompted the Maine Department of Human Services to reexamine its child welfare policies and the broader problems facing the nation’s child welfare system today.

The ICFP, for which CUSSW Professor Sheila Kamerman serves as co-director along with Jeanne Brooks-Gunn of Teachers College, collaborated on the project with PBS. ICFP was initiated in 1999 to meet an urgent need for systematic exchange among policy researchers and policy shapers from different disciplines. ICFP’s mission is to identify and address fundamental problems in the formulation, analysis, implementation and evaluation of social policies toward children and families that are currently intractable.

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