The Chance at Childhood Program mission is to promote and protect the well-being of children and families through integrated social work and law education and advocacy.
The program, a collaboration between Michigan State University School of Social Work and Michigan State University College of Law, is designed to protect and serve the rights of children. Lawyers and social workers collaborate to strengthen the knowledge base, practice and advocacy skills to meet the needs of children, youth, families and communities.
The Chance at Childhood Program includes:
- The Chance at Childhood Law and Social Work Clinic provides 3 primary services:
- Training of students seeking careers in child welfare
- Legal representation in certain child welfare matters
- Consultation to practitioners and community members. The clinic is staffed by MSU graduate-level social work students and MSU law students. Through this unique collaborative effort, students work in teams to bring the professional expertise of both fields to the practice of child welfare.
- Continuing education seminars and workshops aimed at providing legal and social work practitioners with the skill and knowledge to effectively advocate for at-risk children and Michigan's families. Programs are taught by legal and social work professionals with extensive experience in dealing with childrens' and families' issues.