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Karra VanderWiere, a foster care social worker at D.A. Blodgett–St. John’s, has been awarded the 2017 John P. Steketee Child Welfare Advocate of the Year Award! “Karra is the perfect example of what an effective foster care worker should be. Karra’s passion, positivity, and enthusiasm shine through all of her interactions and are contagious to those around her." 

Christ Child House has again achieved expedited accreditation through the Council on Accreditation! Congratulations to Executive Director John Yablonky and the entire staff at Christ Child House!

Teaching Family Homes of Upper Michigan has named Jennifer Santer as the agency’s new CEO, replacing interim CEO Mark Holliday. Welcome Jennifer!

West Michigan Partnership for Children (WMPC) celebrated its October 1 launch with a Fall in Love with Foster Care event on Oct. 25, 2017. WMPC is piloting a five-year innovative foster care funding model through a contract with the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) that is the first of its kind in the state. WMPC is partnering with the five private licensed child placing agencies that provide foster care in Kent County: Bethany Christian Services, Catholic Charities West Michigan, D.A. Blodgett-St. John's, Samaritas, and Wellspring Lutheran Services. The creation of WMPC is the result of a long-time public-private partnership between local foster care and other social service agencies, county government, and MDHHS that has been cultivated by the Michigan Child Welfare Partnership Council and the legislature.




On October 14, 2017, Lutheran Adoption Service partnered with Beautiful Savior Church to hold the 3rd Annual Forever Home Run. The 5k race raised $40,000 to help provide supports to families who adopt older youth from the foster care system. Additionally, the race provided awareness within the community of the need for youth to find forever families.




Chuck Jackson new President of Community Social Services of Wayne County (CSSWC)

DETROIT, MI – May 26, 2017 - Community Social Services of Wayne County (CSSWC) is pleased to announce William “Chuck” Jackson as its new President effective May 31, 2017. He will succeed Patrick Heron who retired May 5, 2017. “CSSWC’s Board of Directors thanks Patrick Heron for his years of service and we look forward to working with Chuck and we are excited about the organization’s future,” said Brenda Motley-Aikens, Chair of CSSWC’s Board of Directors. “Chuck’s proven track record of executive leadership coupled with his ability to lead by setting clear priorities and achievable goals will help guide CSSWC on a path to achieve our goal of delivering excellent services to the residents of Southeastern Michigan.”

Chuck graduated from Cass Technical High School in Detroit, earned his BS degree in Sociology from Western Michigan University, a Master’s Degree in Sociology and a Doctorate of Philosophy in Sociology from Wayne State University. Chuck brings 28 years of human service experience along with over 12 years of direct executive leadership managing an array of services and programs. For nearly three decades Chuck was employed with Starr Commonwealth. His first position with the nonprofit organization was Resident Counselor; he received many promotions, eventually securing the position of Executive Vice President & Chief Clinical Officer.

“For 70 years CSSWC has been a beacon of hope to so many,” Chuck said. “I am excited about working together with the staff and Board of Directors, but I am most enthusiastic about the future of the organization and looking forward to positive growth.”

About Community Social Services of Wayne County
CSSWC was founded in 1946 as a Catholic Social Services of Wayne County for the purpose of providing services to families in need. The organization’s name was changed in 2013 to more accurately reflect the services provided and the population served.

Community Social Services of Wayne County, historically known as Catholic Social Services of Wayne County has provided a broad range of human services for everyone from infants to senior citizens for 70 years. The mission of CSSWC is to develop partnerships with like-minded organizations, inspiring action that results in rebuilding broken lives and restoring dignity. We accomplish this by delivering excellent services to unlock human potential that empowers individuals and families. To learn more about CSSWC please visit our website,, “LIKE” us on Facebook and “FOLLOW” us on Twitter

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