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The Florida Institute for Child Welfare supports the development of translational research projects that contribute to the scientific knowledge base related to child safety, permanency, and child and family well-being. Each year, the Institute determines a research topic and offers two Priority Research Awards to entities that address that subject matter. Other projects are funded if deemed noteworthy and meet the interests and mission of the Institute. Funding ranges from year-long pilot projects to multi-year projects. The Institute also conducts research under contract with other entities. Research reports and briefs are produced based on the findings of the research conducted.

In addition, other types of reviews or technical reports are written to address specific questions from the Department or legislative staff.

FICW Director

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The Institute can engage in contracts to conduct evaluations and provide technical assistance. Please contact Dr. Magruder for more details.

Lisa Magruder, Director

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Current Legislative Priorities

The Institute offers practice and policy recommendations to improve Florida’s child welfare system, such as technical assistance toward successful implementation of the Family First Prevention Services Act.

GROW Center

Advance certifications and other professional development opportunities are available to support the child welfare workforce in Florida, from classroom to case work to competent leadership.


Case worker turnover rates contribute to delays in placements, permanency for youth in the child welfare system, and rising caseloads.

Working with Families

The Institute regularly conducts evaluations of services through partnerships with stakeholders to support families navigating the child welfare and court systems through its evaluations.

Youth In Care

Youth in the system are very high risk of experiencing adverse outcomes, including teen pregnancy and early parenting.

Resource Library

The Institute regularly publishes research materials including reports, article summaries, newsletters, interviews, presentations, and other media.

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