The Institute for Families in Society was created in the early 1990s through the efforts of an interdisciplinary task force commissioned by the University of South Carolina. By 1992, the Institute was securely grounded by a generous donation from Cindy and Evan Nord. As an interdisciplinary research team, the Institute has worked with a variety of partners to strengthen families and communities. The mission of the Institute is to use University-community interdisciplinary research and practice as a platform to advance the science of helping families and vulnerable communities. The Institute will accomplish this mission by:
Fostering the discovery of pathways for reducing disparities, promoting environmental and social justice, and accelerating the translation of r... [Extend]
The Family Independence Initiative (FII) believes that antipoverty efforts must focus on re-establishing social and economic mobility for everyone. The solution is not “bootstrapping” it with no assistance. But it also isn’t about creating more needs-based programs and services. The Family Independence Initiative believes there is a third alternative: Providing resources directly the full spectrum of income families who are taking action to build their own paths toward self-sufficiency.
For families to unleash their potential, they need an environment of mutual support and self-determination, as well as access to resources so that they—not social workers or programs—are the agents of change. Rather than leading with institutional approaches FII seek... [Extend]