Section 1004.615, Florida Statutes, requires the Florida Institute for Child Welfare to:

  • Maintain a program of research contributing to the scientific knowledge related to child safety, permanency, and child and family well-being.
  • Advise the Department of Children and Families and other organizations about the scientific evidence regarding child welfare practice as well as management practices and administrative processes.
  • Assess the performance of child welfare services based on specified outcome measures.
  • Evaluate the educational/training requirements for the child welfare workforce and the effectiveness of training.
  • Develop a program of training/consulting to assist organizations with employee retention.
  • Identify and communicate effective policies and promising practices.
  • Develop a definition of a child or family at high risk of abuse or neglect.
  • Evaluate the provisions of ยง 1004.615, Florida Statutes, and recommend improvements.
  • Recommend improvements in the state's child welfare system.
  • Submit an annual report to the governor and legislature outlining activities, significant research findings, and recommendations for improving child welfare practice.