The Florida Institute for Child Welfare's goals and priorities were specified in § 1004.615, Florida Statutes, with an overarching mandate to make practice and policy recommendations to improve Florida's child welfare system. In maintaining alignment with legislative intent and priorities, the Institute developed Four Pillars to target mandated outcomes in the following research priority areas:
The Institute works to establish new partnerships and strengthen existing relationships with researchers and policymakers to improve safety, permanency and well-being outcomes for families in the child welfare system.
Research and Evaluation
The Institute has 3 distinct goals when it comes to Research and Evaluation:
Goal 1: Develop and support translational research projects that contribute to the scientific knowledge base related to child safety, permanency, and child and family well-being.
Goal 2: Establish an institutional culture that enables the Institute to become a national leader in child welfare research.
Goal 3: Support the development of and access to essential resources for relevant and high-quality child welfare research.
The Institute’s goal is to advise stakeholder organizations about child welfare research evidence that is related to practice, training, and administrative processes in order to inform effective social policy.
Technical Assistance and Training
The Institute strives to develop a program of training/consultation designed to assist organizations with aligning policy with practice.
For more information, see the Institute's strategic plan.