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The child welfare workforce, agencies, and organizations often need support as they seek to enhance, expand, and develop services, practices, and policies. The Institute provides training and technical assistance to child welfare agencies and its workforce to support their efforts to improve the lives of children and families. The Institute has established a network of affiliates and resources that can assist these agencies and organizations as they conduct their important work.

The GROW Center is the umbrella under which all the Institute's professional advancement offerings are created and all management and administrative tasks, curriculum development, and coordination of activities is conducted. Professional development opportunities include webinars, interactive online courses, videos, conference workshops, and advanced certification courses. The Institute provides technical assistance through coaching and comprehensive organizational assessments to determine strengths and challenges. The Institute collaborates with the organization to co-create a plan to address a challenge identified through assessment and guides the organization through implementation activities.

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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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