Institute Overview

Founded July 1, 2007, the mission of the Institute for Families (IFF), at the Rutgers School of Social Work, is to support and strengthen individuals, families, and communities by building the capacity of human service professionals and organizations. Consistent with the University's broad mission, the Institute provides a focal point for training, research, and service activities concerned with strengthening families. We accomplish this by:

  • Increasing the capacity of human service professionals and organizations to meet best practice standards and respond to the ever changing needs of their communities,
  • Marshalling the resources of Rutgers to create a more humane, just, and equitable society,
  • Disseminating knowledge in NJ and beyond that leads to greater understanding of social issues, and
  • Developing leadership in interdisciplinary policy, research, and professional development on families, communities, and organizations.

IFF is organized into four main offices which include:

  • The Office of Training and Education Programs (OTEP)
  • The Office of Research and Evaluation (ORE)
  • The Office of Child Welfare Initiatives (OCWI)

The directors of each office, together with the executive director and other key administrators, form the executive management team at IFF.