Center for the Study and Promotion of Communities, Families, and Children


The Center for the Study and Promotion of Communities, Families, and Children (“CFC Center”) was created by the Stoops Family Foundation, Inc. to generate and sustain transformational 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.  Click the torches below to see the work our Center is engaged in. 

Advisory Council

The Center is overseen by its Advisory Council serving as a voluntary advisory and support group that assists the Center’s mission.  The council works directly with the Dean of the FSU College of Social Work, the Center’s Executive Director and the College of Social Work’s Director of Development. The Advisory Council will promote the general and financial welfare of the Center by establishing beneficial relationships and networks between FSU alumni, faculty, staff, students, friends, and the community.

Institute and Center Affiliates

Affiliated with the CFC Center are the Institute for Family Violence Studies, the Multidisciplinary Evaluation and Consulting Center, the Institute for Justice Research and Development, and the Trinity Institute on Addictions.

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The Institute for Family Violence Studies (IFVS) conducts cutting-edge research on community solutions that employ both law and social services to end family violence. Our goal is to guide practice and shape real-world decisions in both the public and private sectors to keep families safe.  To fulfill this mission, Institute staff, affiliated faculty, multiple stakeholder advisory boards, and graduate students from across the FSU campus undertake the following:

  • Research on family violence and related research domains such as homelessness, financial literacy, and poverty. Multidisciplinary team projects include The Law Enforcement Families Partnership (funded by the Verizon Foundation) and Increasing Family Economic Self-Sufficiency (funded by the Administration for Children and Families at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services).
  • Education through our work developing online curricula for supervised visitation providers, judges, faith-based groups, and child protective service workers. Our collaboration with community organizations is evident in projects like the Clearinghouse on Supervised Visitation (funded by the Florida Department of Children and Families) and the Alliance for Faith-Based Efforts to End Domestic Violence.
  • Action in support of innovative programs to reduce family violence. We participate in state and local fatality review teams, evaluate the effectiveness of family violence interventions, and disseminate the findings of our research at the local, state, national, and international levels
 Leading the way to healthy families, the IFVS is directed by Karen Oehme, JD,(850) 644-6303 x1).

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The Multidisciplinary Evaluation & Consulting Center                            CSW071211-CH062-150x90.jpg

The Louise R. Goldhagen Multidisciplinary Evaluation and Consulting Center (MDC) is a university-based diagnostic and training center that serves preschool and school-aged children presenting complex academic, medical, emotional and/or behavioral problems in school programs.  Comprehensive diagnostic, consultation, and counseling services are provided to 20 school districts in the Florida Panhandle (including the research schools at FSU and Florida A&M University) and a number of medical and community agencies that primarily serve low-income families (e.g., Children’s Medical Services).  Children and their families in the school districts we serve are ethnically diverse and many are low-income families living in rural areas.  Thirteen of the counties served are classified by the Florida Department of Education as “small and rural” with limited resources for psychological services.  All eighteen counties are considered Medically Underserved Areas and/or Medically Underserved Populations.  All eighteen counties also meet criteria for Health Professional Shortage Areas in primary care and fifteen counties meet the criteria for Health Professions Shortage Areas for mental health.

The MDC staff includes professionals from clinical, school, and counseling psychology; counseling education; and, social work. The MDC frequently collaborates with several FSU entities to provide services, including: the Center for Autism and Related Disabilities, the School of Communication Science and Disorders, the Department of Psychology, the Department of Educational Psychology and Learning Systems, and the FSU College of Medicine.  Pre-service training placements are also provided for graduate and undergraduate students from the FSU school, counseling, and clinical psychology programs; the College of Social Work; and the art and music Therapy programs.  In-service training for school personnel is provided through seminars, workshops, and conferences.

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The Institute for Justice Research and Development                                CSW071211-CH062-150x90.jpg

The Institute for Justice Research and Development is a premier research center in the College of Social Work at Florida State University focused on criminal justice system-wide practice and policy innovations and preparing the social work profession for leadership in smart decarceration. The multidisciplinary center forges campus-wide and national wide partnerships in criminal justice research.

The Institute is the first-of-its-kind in a college of social work -- a research center focused on preparing the profession of social work to practice and research in areas of justice-involved individuals and their families. At the Institute we prioritize highly active research-practice-policy partnerships. Through these partnerships, evidence informs practice/policy strategies and policy/practice strategies shape research agendas. We use a unique research-to-practice/practice-to-research methodology that can be employed in the context of a research trial in order to speed the translation of learnings to almost real-time.

Mission Statement: The Institute for Justice Research and Development aims to advance science and practice to improve the well-being of individuals and families impacted by criminal justice system involvement. This is achieved by focusing on three strategic priority areas:

  1. Advance the Science of Justice Innovation: The Institute pursues an integrated focus on individual and family well-being, community resilience, and policy practice. In collaboration with key community partners, we accelerate the feedback loop between research and practice to drive the discovery and refinement of effective solutions. The Institute develops scalable, evidence-driven intervention models that are sustainable and population specific.
  2. Inform Policy Decision-Making: Institute team members establish evidence to inform policy innovations and reforms that impact criminal justice-related programs and practice. Reform efforts are particularly focused on investigating the impacts of common civil disability policies on the outcomes of individuals with felony convictions. We engage policy stakeholders around empirically-driven solutions that elevate their understanding of effective policy practice and help shape their policy deliberations.
  3. Provide High-Quality Education and Training: Institute team members work to expand the local and national influence and visibility of our work through widespread dissemination of our knowledge acquisition and development. We conduct presentations, workshops, and training on justice-related interventions and innovations offering high-quality educational opportunities for students, providing cutting edge training and support to professionals.

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The Trinity Institute on Addictions                                                           Trinity Institute on Addictions

Established in 1998, the Trinity Institute on Addictions is an endowed social work institute focused on biopsychosocial approaches toward the prevention and treatment of substance use, abuse, and dependence across all domains of practice. To that end, the Institute strives to advance translational research with an emphasis on intervention strategies to address the effects of addictive processes on body, mind, and spirit. The scope of the Institute encompasses the conduct of etiological, epidemiological, and clinical research, as well as training and services that leverage evidence-based practices from the leading edge of addiction science.

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