Mom and dad holding their baby

The Center on Children, Families, and the Law (CCFL) at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln was established in 1987 as a home for interdisciplinary research, teaching, and public service on issues related to child and family policy and services. The knowledge of child and family issues generated and synthesized by the Center faculty is widely disseminated to educate policy makers, scholars, service providers, and the general public. Work done by the Center has served as the primary basis for new local, state, and national legislation and has been cited in court rulings, including the U.S. Supreme Court.

Research by faculty in the colleges of Arts and Sciences, Law, and Education and Human Sciences is integrated through the Center. Faculty members from the School of Social Work at the University of Nebraska at Omaha and various units at the University of Nebraska Medical Center also contribute to Center activities. The Center's own distinguished faculty reflects its interdisciplinary goals, including professionals with degrees in law, psychology, pediatrics, special education, sociology, and education. The Center is located administratively within UNL's College of Arts and Sciences and is a member of the College's Family Research and Policy Initiative.

Learn a little more about CCFL's faculty and staff with our CCFL Family Tree.

Center on Children, Families, and the Law
206 S. 13th St.
Suite 1000
Lincoln, NE 68588-0227


Our mission

Is to conduct research, analyze policy, and provide education and community service. The purpose of CCFL's activities is to enhance the well-being of children, youth, and families.

Kid on grandpas shoulders

Children are extraordinarily precious members of society, they are exquisitely alert, sensitive, and conscious of their surroundings; and they are extraordinarily vulnerable to maltreatment or emotional abuse by adults who refuse to give them the profound respect and affection to which they are unconditionally entitled.
- Wisdom of the Elders, quoted in Kids Are Worth It, by Barbara Coloroso, ch. 1 (1994).