- Assistant Professor
- School of Social Work
- College of Education and Human Development
- University of Minnesota
Jeffrey Waid’s research interests are in the areas of child maltreatment prevention, family-based intervention programming and foster/kinship care, specifically focusing on the role of healthy family relationships in the development of favorable outcomes for children who are at risk of or are currently experiencing maltreatment. Waid’s work has examined factors associated with foster care placement instability, the impacts of separation on child and family well-being, empirically-informed assessment strategies, and the potential of data to inform program and policy improvements.
His current projects examine the role of kin and siblings in promoting well-being, placement stability, and permanency for youth in foster care, including a multi-state and international program that provides short term, camp-based reunification for siblings separated by foster care, and an NIMH funded investigation into a sibling relationship enhancement intervention for youth in substitute care. Waid is a Title IV-E scholar and former family preservation and permanency caseworker. He holds a Ph.D. in Social Work and Social Research from Portland State University, a Master’s degree in Social Work from University of Pittsburgh and a B.S. in Criminal Justice from Shippensburg University.
Articles by Jeffrey Waid
America’s child welfare and foster care system faces many challenges: limited funding for prevention and intervention, foster home shortages, high caseloads and a workforce struggling with turnover all create barriers […]