Legislative Mandate

In 2014, the Florida legislature established the Florida Institute for Child Welfare at the Florida State University College of Social Work under Section 1004.615, Florida Statutes, which 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.