Child Welfare Institute



Mission and Areas of Focus:

  • Partner with public and community-based child welfare agencies in the state of Florida
  • Professionalization of child welfare workforce through university-community partnerships
  • Extend the School of Social Work’s existing research, service, training, and education efforts in child welfare
  • Apply for and secure new grants and contracts in research, service, training, and education in the field of child welfare
  • Discover, analyze, and document emerging child welfare trends at the national, state, and local levels
  • Establish and maintain partnerships with child welfare organizations at the national, state, and local levels
  • Coordinate, collaborate, and streamline administration of a variety of faculty efforts in child welfare
  • Enhance teaching and learning experiences through faculty and student involvement in applied research in the community

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Thank you.

Heather Thompson, Ph.D.
Director, Phyllis and Harvey Sandler School of Social Work
Florida Atlantic University

Marianna Colvin, Ph.D.
Director, Child Welfare Institute