The Residential Child Care Project (RCCP) seeks to improve the quality of residential care for children throughout the world through its training, technical assistance, and evaluation projects. The RCCP has been at the forefront of efforts to strengthen residential child care programs for children since 1982 when it was established under a grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, National Center on Child Abuse and Neglect, and housed in the Family Life Development Center (FLDC) at Cornell University. In 2011, the FLDC merged with the Bronfenbrenner Center for Translational Research (BCTR), to create the RCCP's current home, located in the College of Human Ecology at Cornell University, Ithaca, NY.
The project disseminates model techniques and systems to prevent institutional child abuse and neglect through its major programs: Therapeutic Crisis Intervention (TCI), Institutional Child Abuse (IAB) Project, and Children And Residential Expreinces (CARE): Creating Conditons for Change. The RCCP 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.