Child Welfare


PolicyWorks, Ltd. had conducted over a dozen projects focused on child welfare and family services including federally funded demonstration projects and statewide, multi-site programs and services. These projects have addressed child maltreatment, foster care, adoption, independent living, healthy marriage, and responsible fatherhood.


PolicyWorks, Ltd. is currently a collaborative partner in a nationwide initiative to develop the adoption competency of mental health clinicians and establish a national certification and as external evaluator for Virginia’s statewide post-adoption services network and Virginia’s statewide independent living initiative.


Clients provided child welfare-related services include:


• Offices of Virginia Governors Allen and Kaine

• Virginia Commonwealth University

• Virginia Commissioner of Social Services and Department of Social Services

• United Methodist Family Services of Virginia

• Bethany Christian Services of Virginia

• National Council for Adoption

• Center for Adoption Support and Education



School and Campus Safety


We have conducted nearly 30 projects focusing on school and campus including development of Virginia’s first School Resource Officer handbook, Juvenile Law Handbook for School Administrators, and resource guides to crisis management in school and subsequent updates to these widely used resources.  We provided leadership for a federally-funded initiative that strengthened the capacity of Virginia schools to collect and use school crime and violence data; authored multiple annual reports on school discipline, crime and violence in Virginia; developed Virginia’s student conduct policy guidelines and a Parent Guide to Student Discipline Policies in Virginia; authored guides for Virginia and New Jersey on engaging at risk youth in meaningful community service;  authored materials on school-law enforcement partnerships and contributed to the National COPS in Schools Training curriculum for the U.S. Department of Justice.  Additionally, we developed Virginia’s training curricula for school resource officers, school security officers, and college campus police and security. 
Clients provided school and campus safety-related services include:


• U.S. Department of Justice and U.S. Department of Education

• Office of the Attorney General of Virginia

• Virginia Board of Education

• Virginia Department of Education

• Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services 


Criminal and Juvenile Justice


PolicyWorks, Ltd. has developed curricula designed for use statewide with law enforcement officers and other criminal justice professionals in the areas of eyewitness identification best practices, gang awareness, and gang investigator training.  We were partners in the development of the nation’s first state-specific law-related education program for youth and, more recently, developed content and lessons for the law-related education Virginia Rules, now used throughout the Commonwealth.  




We have conducted more than 30 projects in the areas of substance abuse, violence, crime, delinquency, and truancy prevention, many producing multiple resources for policymakers, program administrators, and front-line professionals.  See Publications and Curricula for more detailed information on many of these resources.
Clients provided independent evaluation and resource development services include:


• Offices of Virginia Governors Allen, Gilmore, Warner, Kaine, and McDonnell

• Offices of Virginia Attorneys General Earley, Cullen, Gilmore, Kilgore, McDonnell, and Cuccinelli

• Virginia Secretaries of Public Safety Kilgore, Aronhalt, Marshall, and Decker

• Virginia Commissioners of Social Services Rivero and Brown

• Virginia Departments of Criminal Justice Services, Education, Emergency Management, State Police, and Social Services

• University of Virginia, Center for the Study and Prevention of Youth Violence

• James Madison University, College of Integrated Science and Technology

• Medical University of New Jersey, Office of Prevention Services and Research





PolicyWorks, Ltd.

P.O. Box 367

Petersburg, VA 23804

Phone: 804-469-9500

Fax: 804-469-9505




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