Dr. Rachel Szabo-Lael
Chief Operating Officer & Senior Researcher
Children and Youth
Achievements and Challenges of the Service System for at-Risk Children and their Families: Two Decades of MJB Research
Children and Youth at Risk in Israel
The goal of the National Program for Children and Youth at Risk is to change the way that Israeli society copes with children and youth at risk and to enhance and strengthen the services for them in the community. This is the third report in the series.
Developing a National Index of Child Maltreatment in Israel
In May 2015 the MeHalev Initiative was launched under the auspices of the Haruv Institute. It was designed to promote activities for the prevention and reduction of child maltreatment in Israel. As part of the Initiative, the Myers-JDC-Brookdale Institute was asked to develop an inclusive national index to measure the extent of the problem. In this report, we present the process of developing the index, the guiding principles, and the recommendation for implementation.
Services and Interventions for the Preservation of the Family Unit and the Reunification of Children from Out-of-Home Placements with their Families
Regulating the Stay of Children at Emergency Centers of the Ministry of Social Affairs and Services
360° – The National Program for Children and Youth at Risk: The Needs of the Participants and the Services Received
Foster Care Services in Israel: National Study
This study, conducted in 2011-12, examined the implementation of foster services from the perspectives of the implementing organizations and the foster families. It reviewed the trends and changes in foster care from 2000 to 2012.
The Counseling-Treatment Units at Emergency Centers for Children and Youth: Findings Following the Upgrade Program
The Counseling-Treatment Units (CTUs) at Emergency Centers for Children and Youth are an important community service for children and youth at the far end of the risk continuum. The study was conducted following efforts to upgrade and expand the CTUs.
Magen (“Shield”) – A Program to Upgrade the Child Protection System: Evaluation Study
This study examines one of the main programs currently being implemented to improve and upgrade the child protection system in Israel – Magen ("Shield") – a program developed by the Children and Youth Services at the Ministry of Social Affairs and JDC-Ashalim.
At-Risk Children and Youth: Results of the Identification and Mapping Conducted by the National Program for Children and Youth at Risk
The report describes the extent and needs of the children and youth identified in the National Program localities, including demographic characteristics, risk situations and measures of the complexity of their problems.
Evaluation of Child-Parent Centers
The evaluation aimed to provide policymakers and service developers with information to improve implementation and as a basis for decisions on future expansion.
Jerusalem Protection Center for Children and Youth, An Innovative Service for Initial Intervention with Child Victims – Evaluation Study
This report summarizes the findings of an evaluation study of the Protection Center. The study examined the characteristics of children seen at the Center, the extent of referrals, the Center's interventions, and its impact on the service system.
“Towards the Community” Policy – Evaluation Study
In 2004, the Service for Children and Youth at the Ministry of Social Affairs and Social Services began implementing its "Towards the Community" policy to reduce risk among children and youth. The study examined the preparations for implementation, as well as the implementation and its effect on arrangements and outcomes for parents and children.
Child Protection Officers: Roles, Work Methods, and Challenges
This study was the first to examine in depth the work of Child protection officers (CPOs) in Israel, and the division of roles between CPOs and other social workers in the social service departments.
Former Miftanim Students: A Follow-up Study
The study, which is one of the few follow-up studies of youth at risk conducted in Israel, examines the perceptions of former Miftanim students of the time they spent at Miftanim; their achievements at Miftanim; their subsequent integration into and achievements in school, employment, and the army; their well being and their satisfaction with their social status.
Sorek, Y., Szabo-Lael, R., & Ben Simon, B. (2018). Changes in Israeli Foster Care Services Following Partial Privatization: the Perspective of Professionals and Policymakers. [Hebrew] Society & welfare, 38(1), 231-261.