Community Programs

The School of Social Work is unique in that it directly operates social service programs that support our communities. These programs not only provide critically needed services, but serve as important training grounds for our students – each community programs includes student field placements supervised by expert School of Social Work faculty members.

Download our Community Programs Annual Report for 2015-2016.

The programs, each of which is described below, also serve as sites for developing best practices, which contribute to our teaching and service missions.

Chance at Childhood

The Chance at Childhood Program is an initiative between the MSU School of Social Work and MSU College of Law, designed to protect and serve the rights of children. Lawyers and social workers collaborate to strengthen the knowledge base and practice and advocacy skills to meet the needs of children, youth, families, and communities. Their website will connect you to links to resources and information about adoption and foster care, advocacy and policy, courts, juvenile and criminal justice, law and legislation, and various state and federal government agencies.

Its mission is, through a collaboration with the College of Law, to promote and protect the well-being of children and families through integrated social work and law education and advocacy.

Its components include:

Joe Kozakiewicz, JD, MSW, Director
Kimberly Battjes, MSW, Program Coordinator
Delanie Pope, JD, Staff Attorney

FAME-Fostering Academics, Mentoring Excellence

FAME, organized in 2008-2009, is part of the School of Social Work. Formerly called Foster Youth Alumni Services, it aims to advance knowledge about the foster care experience before college, during a higher education experience, and after college.

Its mission is to ensure that foster youth are informed of the resources afforded to them as they contemplate and pursue a college degree.

Its components include:

  • Life-Skills Coaching Program
  • Mentoring Program – matching mentee with volunteer faculty mentor
  • Camp Program – three day residential summer camp for 35 high school foster youth to prepare for and support attending institutions of higher learning
  • Care Package Program – provide a care package to be delivered during final exam week

Andrea Martineau, LMSW, Program Coordinator

Kinship Care Resource Center

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The Kinship Care Resource Center is a non-profit statewide organization. The Center is proud to support Michigan kinship families by utilizing research to provide education and outreach for communities, agencies, and individuals involved in supporting kinship families. Kinship care can be defined as the full time care, nurturing, and protection of children by relatives, members of their tribes or clans, godparents, stepparents, or any adult who has a kinship bond with a child (Child Welfare League of America, 2011.

Its mission is to support Michigan's kinship families by utilizing research to provide education and outreach to communities and agencies supporting kinship families and offer information and referral and case management services to relatives raising relative children.

Its components include:

  • Caregiver information and referral through brochures, newsletters, phone, electronic and in-person contact to address basic needs, legal and systems issues related to raising a relative child
  • Education and training through field placements, kinship caregiver trainings and professional continuing education offerings
  • Case management and advocacy services focused on strengthening kinship family functioning

Passionique Presberry, LMSW, Program Coordinator

Veterinary Social Work

Veterinary Social Work Services (VSWS) is a collaboration between the School of Social Work and the College of Veterinary Medicine. VSWS provides emotional support and educational and referral services for clients, veterinarians, medical staff, and support staff of the MSU Small Animal Clinic, Oncology Center, and Large Animal Clinics specializing in equine, bovine, and exotic animal treatment. The Veterinary Teaching Hospital provides treatment in the same fields as human medicine, including internal medicine, ophthalmology, cardiology, orthopedics, oncology, general medicine, surgery, physical therapy, rehabilitation, and more.

Its mission is, through a collaboration with the College of Veterinary Medicine, to provide emotional support, educational and referral services for the clients, veterinarians, medical staff, and support staff of the Veterinary Teaching Hospital as well as the community at large.

Its components include:

Megan Spedoske, Program Coordinator