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What Is the Residential Child Care Project?

The Residential Child Care Project is an international outreach, technical assistance, and training organization established in 1982 as part of the Family Life Development Center located in the College of Human Ecology at Cornell University, Ithaca, NY. Originally funded by the National Center on Child Abuse and Neglect in Washington, DC, the project disseminates model techniques and systems to prevent institutional child abuse and neglect through two major programs: Therapeutic Crisis Intervention (TCI) and the Institutional Child Abuse (IAB) Project. The Residential Child Care Project has been invited to over 40 states, Canada, Puerto Rico, Russia, Australia, Ireland, Bermuda and the United Kingdom with its ongoing programs to improve the quality of crisis prevention and management in residential child care, and to reduce and ameliorate institutional abuse. The RCCP’s national and international leadership role in pioneering effective crisis prevention and management systems stems from the inter-relationships of its three primary activities: RESEARCH leads to improved OUTREACH programs, which are carefully evaluated. EVALUATION contributes to improvement of OUTREACH efforts and suggests new avenues for RESEARCH.

The RCCP has three main components:

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Therapeutic Crisis Intervention (TCI) System
The TCI component works directly with child caring organizations seeking to lower rates of aggressive incidents and high risk physical interventions.

The Institutional Child Abuse Project (IAB) 
The IAB component works with state authorities to train child protection professionals to prevent and remediate instutional maltreatment.

Children And Residential Experiences: Creating Conditions for Change (CARE)