Family and Youth Services

State departments, nonprofits, and other organizations have numerous opportunities for those with an interest in families and youth. Sociology and anthropology offer unique perspectives and approaches to these people-orientated, outcome changing careers.

Communication, Research, and Locale

Family and youth services rely on excellent verbal and written communication skills. Additionally, knowledge of the area you plan on relocating to or working within is a must - this allows you to better serve the needs of those within that community, and pinpoint particular challenges or red flags for families and their children.

Many positions do not require a social work degree, but may require some additional experience with a specialized group (Ex. children).

Family and Youth Support Services Certification

Missouri State University is preparing a certificate program for those with a focus on youth and family services! Please check back at a future date for more information.

Volunteering, Tailored Courses, and Interning

Programs like Big Brothers, Big Sisters and state departments for human or social services offer numerous opportunities to gain skills related to youth and family development outside of university hours. Additionally, they give you a glimpse into the day-to-day lives of those around you. Courses relating to child and family psychology, needs, and dynamics will provide you with insight to better serve and navigate problems that may arise in cases. For more information on volunteer and internship opportunities in Springfield, visit Internship Opportunities.


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Possible career positions

Organization Types of positions Location

Anne E. Casey Foundation

Program Associate, Child Welfare Strategy Group (BA/BS & exp)

Baltimore, MD

Missouri Department of Social Services

Children's Service Worker I(BS/BA)

Youth Specialist I-II (BS/BA)

Family Support Eligibility Specialist 

Multiple Locations in MO

Arkansas Department of Human Services

Family Service Worker (BA/BS)

Multiple Locations in AK

Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Ozarks Match Support Specialist (BS/BA) Springfield, MO
Big Brothers Big Sisters of South East Missouri

Relationship Specialist (BS/BA)

Enrollment Specialist (BS/BA)

Multiple Locations in SE, MO
Coalition for the Homeless Child Advocate, Crisis Intervention Program (BA/BS) New York, NY

Family Advocate (BA/BS)

Family Outreach Worker (BA/BS)

St. Louis, MO

Position availability

Remember to verify that the position is still available! If it isn’t, don't stop there! Continue to check the organization and our website for new opportunities.