Centers and Institutes
Stoops Center for Communities, Families, and Children
The CFC Center was created by the Stoops Family Foundation, Inc. to generate and sustain translational knowledge development for effective policies, services, and usable research for the promotion of communities, families, and the children of Florida, the nation, and across the globe.
Florida Institute for Child Welfare
The institute was established in 2014 by the Florida Legislature at the FSU College of Social Work under legislative mandate Section 1004.615 Florida Statutes. Through collaborative partnerships, research and evaluation, technical assistance and training, and policy analysis, the institute seeks to improve the safety, permanency, and well-being outcomes for the children and families involved with Florida’s child welfare system, as well as to enhance the sustainability of the child welfare workforce. To address current legislative priorities, the Institute’s GROW (Greater Resilience of the Workforce) Center houses workforce and professional development-related programs that create a supportive community for child welfare professionals to enhance their skills, plan for their careers, and receive ongoing well-being support.
Institute for Family Violence Studies
The Institute for Family Violence Studies (IFVS) within Florida State University’s College of Social Work builds comprehensive trauma-informed large-scale trainings and conducts interdisciplinary research. IFVS advocates for supportive legislative policy solutions and systems that promote resilient, healthy families and reduce all forms of family and intimate partner violence. It is the goal of the Institute to be a national resource for trauma-informed services to improve safety, resilience, and well-being for individuals and families.
Institute for Justice Research and Development
IJRD is a team of passionate innovators and social scientists. Through creativity and research, the institute is re-envisioning a country with a dramatically reduced need for the criminal justice system.
Multidisciplinary Evaluation and Testing Center
The MDC was established in 1983 through a Florida Department of Education, Bureau of Exceptional Education and Student Services grant. The center provides services, including diagnostic evaluation and consultation services for children and youth with complex medical, educational, emotional, and/or behavioral problems. MDC also provides consultation, pre-service and in-service training for parents, teachers, school and district personnel along with related providers and professionals.