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Laura Radel

Laura Radel is a Senior Social Science Analyst in the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). ASPE operates as an in-house think tank within the Office of the Secretary of HHS, using research and policy analysis to consider ways of improving HHS programs and policies. Ms. Radel has worked in ASPE’s Division of Children and Youth Policy since 1989 and is a subject matter expert in federal child welfare programs and policy issues. In addition to overseeing the study discussed here on the Multiethnic Placement Act, her recent projects have included the Title IV-E Prevention Services Planning Toolkit, a study looking at exceptions states make to the ASFA termination of parental rights timeline, and a series of reports exploring the relationship between substance use and foster care entries.