The Institute has begun to develop a program of training/consultation designed to assist organizations align policy with practice. In the fiscal year 2018/2019, the Institute supported two separate trainings. The Strengths-Based Supervision Model, developed by Dr. Cynthia Lietz, promotes intentionality of clinical supervision to enhance child welfare practice. The pre-service training for Florida’s child welfare workers includes a multi-year, multi-phased evaluation of the pre-service training throughout the state. The University of South Florida, Florida Mental Health Institute, was contracted to evaluate the perception, learning, and performance of frontline staff after pre-service training.
In 2019, the Office of Early Learning contracted with the Institute to provide racial equity to their trainers and coaches. Khatib Waheed, a nationally recognized expert in racial equity and developer of the Racial Equity Learning ExchangeSM (RELE), provided a 4-day Institute to train participants on diversity and inclusion, implicit bias, and ethical decision making. The work continues in 2020 to increase statewide diversity, equity and inclusion awareness through developing tools and processes to challenge patterns on institutional power and to grow institutional equity.
The Institute also provides technical assistance when needed or upon request. In 2014, the Results-Oriented Accountability Program (ROAP or ROA) was set forth in s. 409.997 Florida Statutes, enacted by Chapter 2014-161, Laws of Florida. The Florida Institute for Child Welfare serves in both advisory and service provision capacities due to its role in conducting research, providing ROAP evaluation services and through support of various initiatives intended to improve the child welfare system. From 2017-2018, the Institute assisted the Department of Children and Families’ Child Service Array Workgroup and the Parent Service Array Workgroup, which developed a comprehensive list of the best interventions to enhance services for children in Florida’s child welfare system.
Finally, the Institute has aided in the development of two toolkits: Effective Strategies to Recruit and Retain Foster Homes for Teens: A Readiness Toolkit, assists community-based care agencies in their efforts effectively recruit and retain adequate foster families for teens. Resources for pregnant and parenting foster and former foster youth were developed to assist case managers and youth navigate the complexities of pregnancy and parenting as a foster or former foster youth. The Institute developed two webpages for case managers that provide legal and social services resources to address the needs of foster or former foster youth during pregnancy or while parenting. Additionally, a series of six pamphlets provide practical information about pregnancy and parenting for this same population of young adults. A collection of training resources are also available from the Intitute's media webpage.
The Institute can now engage in contracts to conduct evaluations and provide technical assistance. Please contact Dr. Pryce for more details.