The Florida Institute for Child Welfare is dedicated to improving the safety, permanency and well-being outcomes for the children in Florida’s child welfare system through an interdisciplinary approach to research. The Institute created a faculty affiliate network by assembling a cadre of social work researchers who share this dedication from the 14 public and private universities offering Council on Social Work Education accredited degrees in social work. The Institute expanded the faculty affiliate network to include research affiliates who have expertise in areas related to the vulnerabilities of at-risk families. This was accomplished by establishing new partnerships and strengthening existing relationships among researchers and policymakers. The Institute seeks to increase communication and collaboration across disciplines to forge innovative child welfare research.