An important element of any successful program is its ability to examine itself objectively, looking at where it’s been, where it’s going, and at its strengths and weaknesses. The Five Acres Research Department was formed in 1983 for that purpose.
For more than two decades Five Acres' research department has made significant contributions to the agency by annually evaluating the progress of children and families served and publishing and presenting studies on abuse and neglect through national conferences and journals.
Dr. Shennum has also pieced together the oral history of Five Acres through accounts from past residents. He welcomes former residents back to Five Acres, updating them on changes that have occurred over the years while listening to their memories. “Past residents give perspective on our programs today. It is interesting to hear about the role Five Acres has played in their lives and how the agency influenced them as they grew up.” says Shennum.