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The Community Resource Adoptive and Foster Family Training initiative is a statewide program whose primary focus is training and supporting resource, foster, kinship, and adoptive families throughout Virginia. The state is divided into six service areas and each area has a designated CRAFFT coordinator who works at a state University within/bordering the service area. The two coordinators, serving the Western and Piedmont areas of Virginia, work at our School of Social Work with the ICF. The goals of the CRAFFT program are directly related to state program improvement goals that focus on better outcomes for children in our foster care system.
Virginia Healthcare Foundation funds the Family Access to Medical Insurance Security Outreach Program. The goal of the program is to increase enrollment of eligible children in the FAMIS, FAMIS plus, and FAMIS moms programs. Families and children throughout the New River Valley, Roanoke Valley, Wythe, Bland, Carroll, Grayson, Patrick counties and the city of Galax are assisted with enrollment in the FAMIS programs by project staff and student interns. FAMIS Outreach staff along with local partner agencies have been part of very effective statewide policy and procedural changes that have helped improve overall health care access in Virginia.
The Child Welfare Stipend Program (CWSP) is a partnership between the Virginia Department of Social Services and four state universities within Virginia (Radford University, Norfolk State University, George Mason University, and Virginia Commonwealth University). This specialized training program, funded through title IV-E of the Social Security Act, prepares BSW and MSW students for a career in child welfare.