The Center’s mission is to positively impact the lives of children and families through empirically-driven local, national, and international research, training, and policy initiatives. By utilizing a collaborative, strengths-oriented, child and family-driven approach, we strive to improve child and family well-being across settings and systems.


The following commitments serve as the framework for all ongoing activities and initiatives for which the Center is involved:

  1. A commitment to keep children and families at the center of all work.
  2. A commitment to let social work values, ethics, and perspectives, including a focus on strengths and social justice, guide our work.
  3. A commitment to continually collaborate with key stakeholders at the local, state, and national levels.
  4. A commitment to promote, utilize, and explore evidence-based practices.
  5. A commitment to innovation and excellence in research and training initiatives.


Overall, the CCF has a goal of improving child and family well-being and outcomes. We strive to meet this primary goal through several specific goals:

  1. Improvement of systems and service delivery for children and families through the following activities:  research, policy development, program evaluation, community development, and technical assistance and education.
  2. The development, identification, evaluation, and dissemination of prevention and intervention strategies for at-risk children and families.
  3. Improvement of statewide capacity and practices for addressing child and family issues.
  4. Establish the CCF as a vital community resource and a nationally recognized research team with expertise in child and family well-being.

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