Our Community Programs provide service, outreach, and teaching through field education placements and serve to develop best practices, and provide research opportunities to study program development and sustainability, among other topics.
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.
FAME is a resource center for foster youth alumni attending MSU as well as for youth who were in kinship care, have experienced homelessness, or are otherwise independent. FAME exists to provide support and resources to these students during their time at MSU to help them be successful during their collegiate experience on MSU's campus and during their transition to becoming MSU alumni.
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.
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.
Download our Community Programs Annual Report for 2015-2016.
Our Outreach Educational Resources and Training include:
- Ruth Koehler Legacy Programs for kids, parents, mental health professionals, and educators about the special problems and issues in kids' lives.
- Post Adoption Support Services for foster, adoptive, and kinship families in Michigan and the professionals who serve them.
- National Child Welfare Workforce Institute to build the capacity of the nation's child welfare workforce and improve outcomes for children, youth, and families.
- Evidence Based Trauma Treatment Project invests in supporting community agencies as they develop trauma treatment capacity.