Florie Schmits

Associate Researcher

Florie Schmits is an Associate Researcher at Chapin Hall. She uses survey and administrative data to generate evidence about child welfare outcomes and system performance. Schmits works on multiple innovative research projects including an analysis of foster home capacity based on the new foster home spell files developed by the Center for Child Welfare Data, and a collaborative study with the University of California and the University of Melbourne on foster care reentry after reunification or placement with guardianship. The latter study will help understand at risk populations and potential candidates for preventive services. Schmits uses administrative data from the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) to evaluate their Title IV-E Birth through Three Waiver Demonstration Project and Early Childhood Court Team Project. Both projects are aimed at adapting evidence-based programs that support families that have infants or toddlers under the age of four and are currently involved in child welfare services in Illinois. She is also collecting and analyzing survey data to evaluate the Strong Families New York City IV-E Waiver Demonstration Project that promotes family permanency and well-being among children in foster care and their families.

Prior to joining Chapin Hall, Schmits built her career in a variety of roles and industries, but always incorporated her passion for research in each role. As a lecturer at the University of Amsterdam, she taught research courses. In her role as communication and research coordinator at Ketchum Amsterdam and a Dutch national childcare organization, she conducted quantitative and qualitative research, trained co-workers on research and measurement methods, conducted consumer insights research, and established reporting processes to measure strategy effectiveness.

Schmits received her Master of Science in Policy, Communications, and Organization from the VU University Amsterdam and her Bachelor of Science in Communication Science from the University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

Master of Science in Policy, Communications and Organization, VU University Amsterdam

Bachelor of Science in Communication Science, the University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

Wulczyn, F., Huhr, S., Schmits, F., & Wilkins, A. (2017). Understanding differences in how adolescents leave foster care. Chicago, IL: The Center for State Child Welfare Data, Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago. Retrieved from https://fcda.chapinhall.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/Chapin-Hall_Understanding-the-Differences-in-How-Adolescents-Leave-Foster-Care_12.26_DEF.pdf