The Jordan Institute for Families


Mission and Goals

Engaging Communities to Strengthen Families 
and Those Who Serve Them

The mission of the Jordan Institute for Families at the UNC School of Social Work is to strengthen families by applying interdisciplinary knowledge to the design and operation of social and health programs in North Carolina and across the nation. To accomplish this mission, the Jordan Institute is charged with the following goals:

  • Translating research knowledge into public policies and practice technologies that support and strengthen families.
  • Providing technical assistance, education, and training to policy makers, program managers, service providers, and consumers to ensure that research findings (from social work and other disciplines) are reflected in policy recommendations, in professional practice, and in the ways families interact with human service systems in their communities.
  • Encouraging collaboration among the areas of aging, child welfare, criminal justice, disabilities, health, juvenile justice, mental health, public education, and other agencies and organizations that serve families.
  • Promoting interdisciplinary family studies and information sharing across health and other professions.
  • Promoting intergenerational approaches to support and strengthen families across the life course.
  • Fostering an atmosphere of respect for racial and cultural diversity in public policy, research, education, and community service.