The Institute for Families (IFF) at Rutgers School of Social Work advances the professional practices and knowledge base of individuals and organizations dedicated to improving the lives of children and families. As the School’s largest center, IFF delivers a $35 million portfolio of contracts delivering training, technical assistance, and applied research and evaluation services. IFF works to: 

  • Advance New Jersey’s child welfare and human service systems through workforce partnerships that lead to more equitable, improved childhood experiences;
  • educate child and family-serving professionals through innovative learning experiences that build evidence-based practices in their everyday work with youth and their caregivers; and
  • demonstrate practices that impact and improve childhood outcomes through applied research and evaluation methods.

Read on for updates on just some of the many recent activities taking place within IFF.

NJ Child Welfare Training Partnership (NJCWTP)

  • Launched a comprehensive hybrid course: What Every Caseworker Needs to Know About Education & Special Education for Children in the Child Welfare System which offers an asynchronous and synchronous learning format
  • The team completed facilitation of pilot sessions of the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES) in advance of the launch to the full NJDCF workforce of 6,700 staff. 
  • The NJCTWP annual report summarizing its FY21 activities is available to download.

Grow NJ Kids Training Services (GNJK TS)